No Place Here For Bad Cops: Qil­iho

Two Po­lice of­fi­cers in­ves­ti­gated for seper­ate il­le­gal cases

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Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to re­port any such cases to the Po­lice or di­rectly to me. How­ever, there have been cases when those guilty have tried to lodge com­plaints about hon­est Po­lice and this too will not be ac­cept­able.

Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice

Fiji can­not af­ford to have bad cops, says Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho. Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho’s com­ments fol­lows in­ves­ti­ga­tions into two traf­fic Po­lice of­fi­cers from Nadi, who al­legedly so­licited money from a New Zealand cou­ple who were driv­ing with­out car­ry­ing their driv­ing li­cences.

“I have di­rected the In­ter­nal Af­fairs Depart­ment to in­ves­ti­gate the al­le­ga­tions that these two of­fi­cers so­licited money from two New Zealand tourists who had left their driv­ing li­cence at their ho­tel,” he said.

Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho said the same of­fi­cers were also fac­ing sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tions for al­legedly steal­ing $3000 from a man who was stopped for a breathal­yser test.

It is al­leged that the of­fi­cers then drove the man’s car to the Po­lice sta­tion, while he was taken to the Po­lice Sta­tion in a Po­lice ve­hi­cle. Af­ter the man came out from the sta­tion, he claimed that his ve­hi­cle’s win­dow was wound down and $3000 was miss­ing from his ve­hi­cle. Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho had given the In­ter­nal Af­fairs Depart­ment 24 hours to get a brief ready on both cases while in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue. He stressed that bad cops would not be tol­er­ated and if the two of­fi­cers were found to have bro­ken the law, they would be taken to task. “Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to re­port any such cases to the Po­lice or di­rectly to me. How­ever, there have been cases when those guilty have tried to lodge com­plaints about hon­est Po­lice of­fi­cers and this too will not be ac­cept­able,” Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho said. He can be con­tacted on 9906 989.

Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho.

JY­OTI PRATIBHA Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor News M: (679) 9982077 Email: jy­otip@fi­jisun.com.fj

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