Labasa

‘Operation Rio Gold’ moves to the Northern Division

The joint ‘Operation Rio Gold’ between the Fiji Police Force (FPF), Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) and the Fiji Correction Services (FCS) will ensure that the 7s Gold medal win celebrations in Labasa’s Subrails Park tomorrow is incident-free. In a statement, Fiji Police Force’s chief operations officer ACP Tito Elo said the safety of […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

August 25, 2016 11:09 am

The joint ‘Operation Rio Gold’ between the Fiji Police Force (FPF), Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) and the Fiji Correction Services (FCS) will ensure that the 7s Gold medal win celebrations in Labasa’s Subrails Park tomorrow is incident-free.

Fiji Police Force Chief Operations Officer ACP Tito Elo. (Fiji Police Force)
Fiji Police Force Chief Operations Officer ACP Tito Elo. (Fiji Police Force)

In a statement, Fiji Police Force’s chief operations officer ACP Tito Elo said the safety of members of the public during celebrations was the prime aim of the force and relevant stakeholders.

ELO: “We are working together with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and Fiji Corrections Services to ensure an incident free celebrations.”

ACP Elo said they are hoping to avoid children being separated from their parents and guardians during the celebration.

ELO: “While we do understand the hype of the celebrations can be overwhelming at times, please be mindful of your responsibilities as adults and ensure those under your care are being looked after at all times.”

He urged members of the public to also refrain from physically trying to stop the procession.

ELO: “We are also asking members of the public to be mindful of their own safety as there were instances where people were physically trying to stop the procession and this is of course a safety issue. Also with the waving of flags from moving vehicles, please understand that this is also a safety threat.”

Jerry Tuwai and a police officer. (Fiji Police Force)
Jerry Tuwai and a police officer. (Fiji Police Force)

“We are also requesting Public Service Vehicle providers to assist us in monitoring the issue for the sake of not only their passengers but other road users as well.”

He stressed that all properties need to be safely secured as homes are expected to be vacant with families attending the celebrations.

ELO: “Please ensure all properties are safely secured and do take time to check all potential fire threats. Again taking an extra 5 to 10 minutes to thoroughly check on these things can save your property.”

A total of 300 officers were deployed to the celebrations at the ANZ Stadium in Suva, while 100 officers were deployed to the Nadi celebrations last week.

Labasa Town Road Closures

Road users in Labasa are advised that road closures will be in effect from 9am to 10.30am along the main street of Labasa town for the 7s team procession.

ELO: “The road from Y-corner to ANZ Bank along Labasa down will be closed off during this time. Vehicle owners are also advised to find alternative parking during this time as officers will be clearing the roads.”

ACP Elo said all side roads entering the town will be closed off also during the procession however all these roads into town also will only be accessible by foot.

ELO: “Everyone’s cooperation during this time will be greatly appreciated.”

He said parking along the following roads will not be permitted.

  • Gibson Road
  • Rosawa Street
  • Rara Avenue
  • Park street

ACP Elo added that this will be the route used and with the roads being narrow any parked vehicles will make it difficult for the smooth flow of the procession.

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