Qiliho undecided on permanent posting as COMPOL
November 17, 2015 2:01 am
Acting Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho says he will consider applying for the Police Commissioner’s post when it is advertised.
Speaking at his first media conference as head of the force today, Qiliho says his three-month term is a good time to analyze his work.
He adds that if government sees it fit that he is capable in the position and producing the outputs, he will consider applying for the post.
However, his short term focus is on curbing the main issues that is continuously being a problem in the country.
Police have also finally come out in public to admit that robberies have increased.
They have recorded that between October 2014 and October 2015, aggravated robberies have increased by 21% while burglary rose by 32%.
However, Brigadier General Qiliho is seriously concerned about reports on sexual attacks against children and women who are the most vulnerable in society.
While there has been a decrease in these cases, the Acting Commissioner says they will not take this issue lightly.
Police have recorded that between 2013 and 2014, rape and attempted rape has decreased by 21%, a fall by 67 cases.
Indecent assault has fallen by 29%, a decrease by 59 cases, incest has decreased by 75%.
However, defilement of girls less than 13 years of age have increased by 60%- a rise by 3 cases and defilement of girls between 13 to 16 years have risen by 17%- an increase by 24 cases.
Qiliho ensures they will not slacken off but take it more seriously.
“Those are cases that hit our heart and it’s something that shouldn’t happen. Even though it has decreased it doesn’t mean the Fiji Police Force will take their foot off the paddle in regards to pursuing these cases. No we will pursue those cases vigorously and we will bring those people to justice.”
Qiliho will also begin his first tour to the West on Thursday in regards to an alleged rape of a seven year old girl to inquire about the investigation.
He adds there are a few more cases they’re currently investigating now which involves much older men in their 70’s and 80’s.
Brigadier General Qiliho will make public his phone number as well as other senior officers ready to act when they will be called to address the issues.
Police allowance issues and close cooperation with the Fiji Corrections Services and the RFMF are other areas that will be looked into.