Police may redeploy vehicles
November 17, 2015 6:26 pm
The Fiji Police Force says it will re-assign vehicles from less needy areas to parts of Fiji recording higher crime rates and densely populated districts.
Acting Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho told FBC News there are 157 vehicles in running conditions.
“If it means re-allocating vehicles to the more densely populated areas in the meantime before we get new vehicles than that may be a step we have to take. I will make that decision once i get all the figures in my hands. The whole purpose of my visit to the four divisions in the next few days is to get the statistics on that and I know the Police headquarters has been working on that on vehicle mobility asset needs.”
However the problem goes deeper than a lack of wheels on the ground.
The last time an entire assessment was carried out was in 1995 which said the Fiji Police Force needed a fleet of 220 vehicles.
It’s still working on the same assessment today.
Brigadier General Qiliho says they will propose a review of this outdated policy to the Defence Ministry.
Minister, Timoci Natuva has also announced that 30 vehicles will be handed over at the end of this month.