Villages vow to strengthen partnership with Police to Fight Crime
In an effort to fight against crime in areas in the interior of Naitasiri, three villages have affirmed their commitment to assist the Fiji Police Force. The villages of Navurevure, Nadakuni and Wainawaqa gave their assurances to a team of Community Policing officers who visited them earlier last week. Divisional Manager Community Policing Eastern Division […]
June 12, 2016 8:10 am
In an effort to fight against crime in areas in the interior of Naitasiri, three villages have affirmed their commitment to assist the Fiji Police Force.
The villages of Navurevure, Nadakuni and Wainawaqa gave their assurances to a team of Community Policing officers who visited them earlier last week.
Divisional Manager Community Policing Eastern Division Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Kasiano Vusonilawa and his team conducted awareness sessions with the villagers and school children of Wainawaqa Primary School.
Mr Vusonilawa highlighted the need to forge a closer working relationship between the community and police in combating crime.
VUNISONILAWA: “Speak up to prevent crime, you have a better understanding of what’s happening in your communities which is why we need you to speak up and say that you will not accept criminal behaviour.”
The visit also gave an opportunity for those present to clear doubts they had about roles they could play in assisting Police.
Wainawaqa village headman Mr Filipo Tarakini questioned the head of the Eastern Division Community Policing Unit on what he could do as the village headman.
TARAKINI: “Is it lawful for the village headman to arrest someone that is caught committing an offence within the village boundaries before handing that person over to police?”
ASP Vusonilawa responded by saying that those who held leadership roles in villages played pivotal roles the fight against crime
VUSONILAWA: “Your role as the turaga ni koro is influential because you know how your respective villages would do things on a daily basis which means you need to have everyone comply with village laws in order to have everything run smoothly”.
“In order to successfully do this you will need a peaceful environment and that can only be achieved if order is maintained and you as the turaga ni koro (village headman) would know if there is someone who is not abiding by the law as it will disrupt the way things are meant to be done”.
He also stressed the grievous nature of sexual offence cases and how traditional solutions were sought to resolve the issue in some cases.
VUSONILAWA: “The Fiji Police Force has received reports in the past where sexual related offences have been reported after a bulubulu has been carried out by the two parties. Let me state that there is no such provision for reconciliation within the law and all these cases must be reported, investigated, and taken to court.”
Awareness on the Crimes Decrees, Drugs, Domestic Violence, Parental Negligence and Traffic Offences was also covered.
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