The Fiji Police Force’s 2022 Annual Crime Key Performance Overall Crime Indicator (KPI) recorded a 7 per cent reduction, largely attributed to the support of all Fijians and law enforcement partners through various Community Policing efforts.
Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho has acknowledged with sincere gratitude the support of the general populace, Government, stakeholders and law enforcement partners in working with Police through various arms of proactive policing under the Duavata Community Policing initiative in achieving the overall reduction in crime in 2022 operational year.
While more detailed information will be released in the Fiji Police Force’s 2022 Annual Report, Brig-Gen Qiliho said it is only right to acknowledge the support of all partners and stakeholders for the results achieved in the past year, in the hope of maintaining the same momentum in 2023.
He said the show of support over the years is also reflected in the annual five-year trend recording a steady decline from 2017 to 2021.
Brig-Gen Qiliho said Police cannot fight crime alone, and with the support of all Fijians, Government, civil society, religious groups and regional and international law enforcement partners, a lot has been achieved in strengthening policing approaches with the intent of reducing overall crime.
“The 2022 policing year was a busy one, where the Fiji Police Force focused on health security, overall national security operations with the hosting of regional and international meetings and the year ending with the conduct of the National General Elections and festive season.”
He said the proactive policing posture adopted during the month of December has also resulted in the overall reduction of crime by 16 per cent.
“The 42% increase in the number of illicit drugs cases registered, is a reflection of the joint efforts between police and the community in tackling the illegal drug trade.”