Po­lice Act ON CRIME


Nine ar­rests in a mat­ter of days, as Po­lice hunt sus­pects in the re­cent spate of crimes. That’s one of the quick­est turn­around times in Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions of this na­ture. Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho, mon­i­tor­ing the op­er­a­tion, said yes­ter­day there would be no let-up un­til the rest of the sus­pects were ap­pre­hended.

Po­lice stepped up their op­er­a­tion when Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho re­turned last week from South Korea and im­me­di­ately vis­ited re­cent crime ar­eas and their Po­lice sta­tions.

Of the ar­rests so far:

Five are linked to the car­jack­ing of a fam­ily ve­hi­cle at Kashmir, Lau­toka, the pre­vi­ous week. Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho said they were con­fi­dent of catch­ing the re­main­ing three sus­pects.

One is linked to a rob­bery of a taxi driver in an­other at­tempted car­jack­ing in­ci­dent last Thurs­day. This time it was at Tikaram Place, Na­madi Heights, Ta­mavua.

Three are as­so­ci­ated with the bur­glary of a Voda­fone Fiji shop in Nadi on Thurs­day. The Com­mis­sioner re­as­sured the pub­lic yes­ter­day; he thanked the pub­lic for help­ing the Po­lice catch the nine sus­pects. He looked for­ward to the pub­lic-Po­lice part­ner­ship con­tin­u­ing. Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho recog­nised the im­por­tance of the pub­lic and Po­lice work­ing to­gether.

“If there are new faces in the area, or any other mi­nor ac­tiv­i­ties that you might think are neg­li­gi­ble let us know be­cause in the end it piles up and be­comes a big thing. The thing is, peo­ple need to work to­gether in neigh­bour­hoods,” he said.

“That’s what we are re­vis­it­ing, look­ing at neigh­bour­hood watch schemes es­pe­cially when it comes to peo­ple who are well off, they tend to be more in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic, but that’s not the way.

“If they can af­ford it, they must in­vest in se­cu­rity things like se­cu­rity cam­eras or hav­ing pet dogs as warn­ing sys­tems and whilst do­ing so, they must be

We will catch those crim­i­nals Si­tiveni Qil­iho Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Com­mis­sioner Qil­iho, since his re­turn from South Korea, has turned on the heat with more than nine ar­rests made within days – the fastest turn­around time in Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions

aware too that crim­i­nals have ways of coun­ter­ing it. The im­por­tant thing here is that peo­ple should work to­gether.” He said the “quick think­ing of the pub­lic in us­ing their smart­phones to video crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties that are hap­pen­ing, helps us with get­ting to the sus­pects and gath­er­ing ev­i­dence in re­gards to some of the ac­tions that have been done.” Mean­while, Op­er­a­tion Cavuraka had also ar­rested 10 peo­ple sus­pected of cul­ti­vat­ing mar­i­juana in Ka­davu. “We thank the me­dia as well for high­light­ing the is­sues of the crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties that have been hap­pen­ing and also as­sist­ing us in get­ting in­for­ma­tion on peo­ple that are wanted in re­gards to the crim­i­nal acts that have been com­mit­ted,” Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho said. “Every­body plays a part and I must thank the me­dia for their as­sis­tance and mem­bers of the pub­lic who have come for­ward to as­sist us. It shows that the pub­lic are keen to as­sist us.”

Every­body plays a part and I must thank the me­dia for their as­sis­tance and mem­bers of the pub­lic who have come for­ward to as­sist us. It shows that the pub­lic are keen to as­sist us. Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho Po­lice Com­mis­sioner

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

LEAD­ING THE CHARGE... Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho.

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho.

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