100 PLUS COPS EN­HANCE KNOWL­EDGE ON DRUGS

Fiji Sun - - Suncity - LAISA LUI Edited by Jonathan Bryce Feed­back: laisa.kab­[email protected]­jisun.com.fj

More than 100 Po­lice of­fi­cers un­der­took train­ing to en­hance their knowl­edge on drug re­lated is­sues in the North­ern Di­vi­sion.

The train­ing this week was led by the Fiji Po­lice Drug In­tel­li­gence Unit, un­der the guid­ance of As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice Anare Ma­sitabua.

“The pur­pose of the pro­gramme was to ed­u­cate all Po­lice of­fi­cers on drugs,” ASP Ma­sitabua said.

“The first ob­jec­tive of the train­ing is for the of­fi­cers to un­der­stand drugs and its ef­fects, se­condly to un­der­stand the dan­gers of these drugs and han­dling it by un­der­stand­ing the com­po­nents of it that are there to man­u­fac­ture drugs.

“With a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of drugs, Po­lice of­fi­cers will be able to achieve the third ob­jec­tive of this train­ing and that is to

gather in­for­ma­tion from the com­mu­nity, of who is us­ing it, pro­duc­ing it and sell­ing it. “These are the com­mu­ni­ties who will want to save their com­mu­ni­ties, their fam­i­lies and them­selves, once they know the truth about drugs.

“That in­for­ma­tion will then give a whole pic­ture of drug use in Fiji,” he said. Mean­while, ASP Ma­sitabua said ac­cord­ing to the sta­tis­tics in 2018 there were 1440 dru­gre­lated of­fend­ers, but that is not the ac­tual num­ber of the users.

He also said ac­cord­ing to re­ports from NSAAC (Na­tional Sub­stance Abuse Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil) un­der the Min­istry of Education, stu­dents have also been iden­ti­fied to be in­volved in drugs.

“We’re go­ing hard on Ro­bust Aware­ness and fo­cus­ing on “Cavu­raka Op­er­a­tion” this month,” he said.

Photo: Laisa Lui

Po­lice Of­fi­cers dur­ing train­ing on drug-re­lated is­sues at the Labasa Po­lice Train­ing Room on Au­gust 3,2019.

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