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FRCS to focus on competency skills of officers

May 6, 2018 7:18 pm

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service says seizing hard drugs like methamphetamine in our port of entries should not only be the main focus.

Chief Executive Visvanath Das says it should also include the competency skills of officers from relevant authorities involved in the seizures.

Das says the FRCS relies heavily on the intelligence they gather from their network that enables them to seize drugs and catch the suspects.

“If the hits are successful meaning more methamphetamine is captured so you tend to say there’s more in the country but I think you can look at the competency of our people when we’re discovering that so that’s good.”

He says with successful arrests done over recent years it’s only a matter of further enhancing skills for both officers and dog units.

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said they recently signed a partnership with their counterparts from China that will enable 20 officers to be trained on how to deal with the growing issue.

“The 20, they have offered to fund to be trained in China and that is in particular to synthetic drugs especially methamphetamine. In particular like identifying of precursors, those little labs that they can use to cook, and investigation of such things.”

The Police Force together with the Revenue and Customs are working to crack down on hard drugs from entering the country and track the culprits selling these drugs locally.

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