Qil­iho: Any al­le­ga­tions of Po­lice bru­tal­ity will be in­ves­ti­gated

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Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho’s re­cent re­marks as­sur­ing Fi­jians that any al­le­ga­tions of Po­lice bru­tal­ity will be in­ves­ti­gated with ut­most ur­gency is ap­plauded.

Re­cently, a video sur­faced on so­cial me­dia al­legedly show­ing Po­lice of­fi­cers beat­ing some men on the road­side in Navua. Such breaches are per­son­ally scru­ti­nised by the Com­mis­sioner and he has got his team work­ing to get an­swers as to what hap­pened. What re­ally hap­pened? So far we know that the men video­taped have ap­peared in court charged in re­la­tion to a se­ries of thefts in Pa­cific Har­bour. What led to the men be­ing al­legedly beaten up on road­side will be clearer once in­ves­ti­ga­tions are com­pleted. But, with Com­mis­sioner Qil­iho on the case him­self, Fi­jians can be as­sured that an­swers will be pro­vided sooner rather than later.

He also ad­mits that as an in­sti­tu­tion the Fiji Po­lice Force has been on the re­ceiv­ing end of a lot of backlash with re­gards to the way they have con­ducted their work. Now, with the draft­ing and even­tual im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Stan­dard Op­er­at­ing Pro­ce­dures they are sure to re­duce and hope­fully elim­i­nate the sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions in which suspects have ac­cused Po­lice of un­eth­i­cal or un­pro­fes­sional be­hav­ior.

And, it is in their in­ter­est to do that. The last thing Com­mis­sioner Qil­iho would want is for peo­ple to walk free and not an­swer for their crimes be­cause his of­fi­cers be­haved un­eth­i­cally.

The last thing the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions would want is for at­ten­tion to be de­flected from crime com­mit­ted to ques­tions about po­lice meth­ods. And, the last thing we would want is for crim­i­nals get­ting away. But one thing we can be sure of is that Mr Qil­iho will not let any such thing slide un­der the car­pet.

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