Police works on increasing manpower
October 21, 2019 4:13 pm
The Fiji Police Force continues working towards increasing its manpower.
Acting Police Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu says the 200 new officers who passed-out of training last week have been directly engaged in the system and 200 more will be recruited.
Tudravu says they are trying to increase the manpower per shift at community posts to fulfill policing needs.
“Definitely, that is where our effort is into because we have been receiving complaints and we admit that, there are the manpower needs in most of the police station, so that is why we are doing the recruits.”
Tudravu adds he is confident that they will achieve their 5 years plan on manpower.
“I think given the current support by the government and the approval that was given to our restructure that we are heading towards that directions”
The Acting Commissioner highlighted that one area they aim to improve is their infrastructure so officers will be well looked after in their respective stations.
“We are trying to engage the government in terms of the infrastructure, because these human resources will go to a police stations, if you look at our police station you know very well these are built during colonial era but we are thankful that the government has allocated funds for the Police Stations, the newly built ones and those that are being renovated”
Meanwhile, the overall crime rate has dropped by five percent within the first nine months of this year and there is also a 1% reduction of serious crime for the same period.