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Prisons get new anti-riot guns

The Emergency Control Unit of the Fiji Corrections Service yesterday tested out anti-riot equipment in Naboro. In a statement issued by the Fiji Corrections Service, Assistant Commissioner (Operations) Jo Kulinidilo said the guns were replacements of anti-riot equipment that had been ordered and delivered last year but were faulty. Following the test, Mr Kulinidilo said they […]

Peni Shute

January 28, 2016 8:56 am

The Emergency Control Unit of the Fiji Corrections Service yesterday tested out anti-riot equipment in Naboro.

In a statement issued by the Fiji Corrections Service, Assistant Commissioner (Operations) Jo Kulinidilo said the guns were replacements of anti-riot equipment that had been ordered and delivered last year but were faulty.

Members of the Fiji Corrections Service's Emergency Control Unit testing out the new weapons in Naboro. PHOTO: Fiji Corrections Service.
Members of the Fiji Corrections Service’s Emergency Control Unit testing out the new weapons in Naboro.
PHOTO: Fiji Corrections Service.

Following the test, Mr Kulinidilo said they were satisfied the equipment was in working condition.

The equipment is not sophisticated but we have some equipment to use should the need arise. At least we have equipment to control abnormal situations while waiting for reinforcements from the police.

We can’t predict what will happen and while we don’t want to create a negative impression of possessing these equipment but it is protocol and used only in emergency situations. We have experienced riots in the past and this is the reason behind the establishment of the Emergency Control Unit.

Also, present on the site to witness the testing of the equipment was a representative from Shine Marketing Ltd which facilitated the purchase of the equipment from Korea.

A representative from Shine Marketing Ltd which facilitated the purchase of the equipment from Korea. PHOTO: Fiji Corrections Service.
A representative from Shine Marketing Ltd which facilitated the purchase of the equipment from South Korea. Photo: Fiji Corrections Service.

The Emergency Control Unit is based in Naboro and has more than 40 officers manning its operations.

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