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Culture of policing needs to change: PM

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says the culture of policing when dealing with persons of interest or suspects in the country needs to change.

Responding to questions from FijiLive, with regard to the increased number of alleged police assaults of suspects from officers, Rabuka said that this is a matter of concern for him and the Government.

Rabuka said he spoke with the Minister for Home Affairs Pio Tikoduadua on the matter.

The Prime Minister also highlighted that he had some issues with how officers assigned to him, who did not observe traffic rules.

“Police officers were crossing double lines, over-speeding and using the light, they in fact were trivializing traffic rules. If that is how the police officers have been operating this far, they are bound to take that thought into all the operations.”

The Prime Minister added that some of these officers think that they are above the law in everything else.

“We(Police) end up with the assault of some of the suspects in our charge. We need to change that style of policing,” the Prime Minister added.

Ilaitia Ravuwai
Ilaitia Ravuwai
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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