Attacks on police officers who are merely executing their duty will not be taken lightly.
Last night an officer based at the Korovou Police Station was allegedly attacked and sustained injuries whilst attending a report of drunk and disorderly at Navuca Settlement, Burerua, Tailevu.
Police Constable Jiutasa Taiki was attending to the report with another officer when there was a commotion which resulted in the group of suspects arguing.
PC Taiki tried to control the situation when someone picked up a rock and allegedly hit him on the back of his head.
The suspects who are all farmers from Naivicula in Tailevu were arrested early this morning after a team from the Police Special Response Unit and K9 were deployed to the settlement. PC Taiki is recovering at his home.
In another case of serious assault, a 22year old man residing in Caubati was arrested yesterday after he allegedly kicked and assaulted an officer who was attending to a report of causing trouble.
The police officer sustained minor injuries and is back at work.
The suspect has been charged with one count of serious assault and will appear in court tomorrow. And in the Western Division a 25year old woman of Nasoso in Nadi appeared in court yesterday after she had allegedly assaulted a woman officer last Saturday.
The accused was drunk and causing trouble when she committed the alleged offence.
All cases were alcohol related. In the midst of COVID 19 and routine operations where officers have been working tirelessly to keep everyone safe these attacks will not be taken lightly. In the event one or a number of officers are seriously injured, they won’t be able to work and therefore operations will be impacted.
Officers are merely executing their duties and working hard to ensure the safety and security of all Fijians in what has been a demanding period of operations, and everyone’s support is needed for us to see this period through.