FIJI POLICE FORCE SUSPENDS 10 OFFICERS FOR OFFENSES

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (February 8, 1999 - PACNEWS/Fiji Times)---At least 10 police officers have been suspended from Fiji's police force recently for various offenses ranging from neglect of duty to gross misconduct, the Fiji Times reports.

Police Commissioner Isikia Savua has issued a stern warning to officers that they should be more serious about their work.

Savua told officers during the quarterly Police Commanders Conference in Suva, that he is concerned about the number of complaints against officers that arise while they are carrying out their public duties.

Most of the complaints involve officers failing to investigate legitimate complaints of crime, staying away from work without producing medical certificates and acting in a manner which brings disrepute to the force.

Last week, a senior police officer was suspended following allegations that he showed pornographic pictures to a fellow female police officer. The officer denied one count of insulting the modesty of a woman when he appeared in court.

The newspaper quotes an anonymous senior police officer as saying most of the officers suspended are from Suva's Central Police Station. The officer said the Complaints Department is flooded with complaints against officers based at that station.

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