KIRIBATI POLICE CHIEF DENIES SHORTAGE OF OFFICERS FOR FORUM

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TARAWA, Kiribati (Oct. 20, 2000 - Radio Kiribati/PINA Nius Online)---Kiribati's police commissioner says there will not be a shortage of police officers during this month's Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Tarawa.

Commissioner Tuare Ioane dismissed claims of a shortage because of the establishment of a new station at Temwaiku and the use of police officers to drive Forum leaders during their meeting.

He also denied claims that his officers have to work 24-hour shifts, saying no officer has been employed to work "like a machine."

The force has enough officers and it has no problems at this stage with their roles in maintaining security around the capital, he said.

He said eight police officers have retired and the police force has not recruited their replacements, as it now has enough officers.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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