Po­lice Part­ner Life­line Coun­selling Ser­vices

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The Fiji Po­lice Force and Life­line Fiji yes­ter­day signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing aimed at pro­mot­ing and de­vel­op­ing co-op­er­a­tion in the field of de­vel­op­ment of coun­selling ser­vices with re­gards to sui­cide. The MOU was signed be­tween the Fiji Po­lice Force and Life­line Fiji that would see the de­vel­op­ment of coun­selling ser­vices and the pro­mo­tion and man­age­ment of emo­tional well­be­ing of Po­lice of­fi­cers with the aim of re­duc­ing the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of the gen­eral public to sui­cide and to other ma­jor crimes and in­ci­dents. With the cur­rent sui­cide fig­ures stand­ing at 55 com­pared to 75 for the same pe­riod last year, Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho said the part­ner­ship was timely as sui­cide cases were be­com­ing too preva­lent.

“It’s alarm­ing to see the num­ber of sui­cide and at­tempted sui­cide cases aris­ing from is­sues that could have been avoided such as re­la­tion­ships gone wrong or peo­ple feel­ing pres­sured,” he said. “We are happy that we have Life­line on board and now we can call you and get your pro­fes­sional help be­cause Po­lice are not qual­i­fied coun­sel­lors even though peo­ple think that we are sup­posed to be but that’s some­thing I be­lieve should be left to qual­i­fied coun­sel­lors as our job is to in­ves­ti­gate”.

Life­line Fiji ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ar­chana Mani said they were ea­ger to get the newly formed work­ing re­la­tion­ship un­der­way. “We are happy to part­ner with the Fiji Po­lice Force with re­gards to ad­dress­ing the is­sue of sui­cide and at­tempted sui­cide cases as they have a piv­otal role in re­duc­ing the statis­tics.”

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