‘Police cannot fight alone’

THE Fiji Police Force is looking intently to community leaders to assist them in the ongoing fight against crime.

This was the word from Defence Minister Inia Seruiratu while closing the two-day Community Policing Symposium in Lautoka last Tuesday.

He said police officers no longer fought crime alone. “Instead we are collaborating with local communities, regional policing partners, civil society groups, etc with a renewed sense of confidence and trust,” Mr Seruiratu said.

“We should, therefore, be aware that we have a role to play in fighting crime. It is not only Government and law enforcement agencies that need to be concerned. The public sector, businesses, the private sector and even ordinary citizens must play a role in combating crime.”

He said he was concerned about some of the criminal activities committed and patterns observed by the force.

“The questions that I normally ask are who are responsible for reducing these crimes or who do we rely on to fight against crime and how we can improve our performance to eradicate these criminal activities.”

He said this was where community policing was needed.

“We have partnered to promote best practices because communities are strongest when they are working together and law enforcement works best when it has a close relationship with the community.”