Fiji Police To Work With Media To Strengthen Crime Prevention

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Awareness of burglary, assault, crimes against women, children needed

By Repeka Nasiko

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Nov. 23, 2015) – In an effort to strengthen community policing and reduce crime, the Fiji Police Force will team up with the media to promote and increase awareness of crime prevention.

Acting Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said burglary, assault and crimes against women and children were areas of concern and more education was needed to raise awareness of these issues.

"We are working with FBC (Fiji Broadcasting Corporation) on educating the public on basic ideas to prevent crimes in our communities," he said.

"The holiday is around the corner and we want to emphasise these important issues."

He said the police force also wanted to ensure the protection of children and women.

"We will continue to look after our communities, especially our women and children who are the most vulnerable."

In the Western Division, crimes against children increased by 2.7 per cent in the first three quarters of 2015 while crimes against women reduced by 16.9 per cent.

A total of 258 crimes against children were recorded between January and September this year.

Crimes against women stood at 787 for the same period.

Fiji Women's Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali welcomed Brig-Gen Qiliho's commitment to reduce crimes against women and children.

In a statement, she said the police were on the front-line when dealing with victims of violence most of whom were women.

"People need to believe that no one is above the law and those perpetrators of violence, whether it is the police or any member of the public, will be brought to justice," she said.

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