Fiji Police Take Soft Approach To Public Drunkenness

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

Part of efforts for safe and peaceful holiday season

By Siteri Sauvakacolo

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, December 28, 2015) – Police have taken a soft approach on drunkards who are unable to take themselves home after a night out, though it should not be the case, says police chief of operations ACP Rusiate Tudravu.

ACP Tudravu said they had also taken into account the fact that some members of the public were too drunk and would need to sleep for a while before they could continue their journey home.

"But we take those who we feel cannot control themselves to the cell block where they will sleep before going home the next day," ACP Tudravu said.

"Some of them really need to rest and if we try to wake them up and they do not respond then we will leave them so they can wake up properly before going home.

"This is all part of Operation Gauna Ni Marau in a bid to keep a safer Fiji."

ACP Tudravu has also pleaded with members of the public to maintain peace as the nation looked forward to welcoming the New Year.

He has also reminded the public that throwing of water on to moving vehicles is strictly prohibited and anyone breaking the law will be taken to task.

Meanwhile, he said vehicles recently provided to them by Government had assisted a lot with their operation.


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