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Police to work with other defence forces

November 18, 2015 12:35 am

Acting Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho says Police will continue to work with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and the Fiji Corrections Services.

He says they cannot work alone or in isolation to keep the country safe and close cooperation with the other two defense forces is important.

Brigadier General Qiliho says there are fields of expertise in the military that they don’t have in the Police force.

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“They have explosive ordinance capabilities or EOD that Police don’t have. So in that regard we have to work with the military especially in securing of areas when VIPS come into the country and also for major events as you’re well aware we have bomb threats and other issues like that the Police don’t have the expertise or the capabilities in.”

The Acting Police Chief says they’ll also look at working with the military in regards to long range patrols into jungle areas looking for drug farms.

However, Brigadier General Qiliho has reassured the nation the military will not take charge of the crime situation.

He says this is not the case but they will work with the Fiji Corrections Service to prevent criminals escaping from custody.

He says they will put in place standard operating procedures on how we deal with these issues when they do happen and proactive measures to prevent this

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