Chief of Operations, Assistant Commissioner of Police Livai Driu says while they will be putting in place measures leading up to the start of the annual Coca-Cola Games on Thursday, community support is what is needed.
ACP Driu said this morning Police met with the Coca-Cola Games Committee, where they reaffirmed their intent of making this year’s athletics meet drug and incident free.
He said officers from the Police Special Response and K9 will also be involved.
“Community policing officers will also be visiting the schools billeted along the Suva-Nausori corridor as a proactive measure to speak to students, teachers and parents about safety issues.”
ACP Driu said the main area of concern is the movement of spectators to and from the gaming venue, and this is where traffic officers will focus their attention to.
“Traffic officers will be conducting random checks, and we are warning students and supporters that we will not hesitate to confiscate items such as flags if they are being used in an unsafe manner.”
“We have spoken also to bus operators who have assured us of their support in ensuring that there isn’t a repeat of what transpired last week when students were seen behaving in an unruly manner.”
He said their main concern is that the games remain drug-free, and we have stressed enough of the need for parents and guardians to talk to their children about their behaviour.
ACP Driu said if students are involved in any form of illegal activities, the matter will be reported, and police will have no choice but to investigate the matter.
“This can be avoided if we all work together.”
“We wish all participating students well with their preparations.”