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War against drugs to continue: Police Commissioner

15:42 Sun Dec 31, 2017


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Report by: Praneeta Prakash

The Fiji Police Force will continue its war on drugs relentlessly and aim to get those involved in this illegal trade off the streets.

Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho says the force is not going to be disheartened by critics who are saying that the war on drugs is a losing battle.

" We are concerned with crime throughout the year and we want to finish it off in a high note even though we might, crime statistics for this year might be equal or slightly over than that of last year and that is basically due to our strong operations against drugs. Drugs has moved up significantly in our statistics but that’s why we are going out working hard and if it means higher statistics in some areas and will be slightly over by few percent so be it ..In the long run it will be better for Fiji."

Qiliho says they will also try to improve policing on serious crimes such as aggravated robberies and burglaries in the New Year.

He admits that there are shortfalls from their end and are working on remedying those, knowing very well the devastation caused when one becomes a victim of these two crimes.

He says this is why “Know your neighbor” initiative has been re-introduced.

Qiliho says in 2018 they will be banking on the collective good will of every Fijian to look after one another and take pride in their neighborhoods and prevent it from becoming a crime prone area.

He also says that they have removed officers who have been proven to have ulterior motives for wearing their police uniform as Fijians deserve only the best from their Fiji Police Force.



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