Brave Po­lice of­fi­cer

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Manoa Kaleca, Suva I would like to ac­knowl­edge the brav­ery of De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Kr­is­han Kesh­wan in try­ing to foil a rob­bery at­tempt in Valelevu last week. The wound that he re­ceived on his head bore tes­ta­ment to the risks and con­stant dan­ger that our Po­lice men and women are sub­ject to while car­ry­ing out their nor­mal du­ties.

Last Fri­day, we cel­e­brated the passin­gout pa­rade from the Po­lice Force of our nephew, PC Mari­sio Tale­maibua. Even though we were ex­cited for him and cel­e­brated tuck­ing into a lovo, we were also con­stantly re­minded of the fact that his job is not an easy one.

Our Po­lice of­fi­cers are not equipped enough to foil these kind of armed rob­beries. The ‘liga ni marama’ or ba­ton that is is­sued to them dur­ing train­ing is no match for the ‘cane knives’ and other items that these so-called crim­i­nals use.

I be­lieve that it is only suit­able for the Po­lice force to be is­sued with proper equip­ment that can counter these at­tacks. Why not is­sue them with ‘Taser guns’, which has the abil­ity to in­ca­pac­i­tate a crim­i­nal, but not nec­es­sar­ily in­jure them. It is used world­wide and has been proven to be a very suc­cess­ful util­ity in the Po­lice force in curb­ing crime and sub­du­ing vi­o­lent crim­i­nals.

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