Eighteen villagers including students were awarded Certificates of Commendation by the Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu for their brave efforts in assisting Police in the arrest of the 22year old charged with aggravated robbery, assault, damaging property and common nuisance after erecting an illegal roadblock near Navesau last month.
The Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu and senior officers presented Certificates and monetary rewards at Nabulini Village earlier this week as a show of appreciation for their brave efforts resulting in the arrest of the accused person.
A/CP Tudravu commended the efforts of all involved both young and old for assisting Police in arresting the accused who was produced in court last month.For 64year old Inoke Luvubula who was injured during the pursuit, being recognized for his efforts was unexpected as he felt assisting was the right thing to do at the time.
Originally from Rokovuaka Village, Mr Luvubula said he was following others who were pursuing the alleged accused and could not duck for cover in time resulting in injuries that left him immobile for more than 2 weeks.
Also receiving her Certificate of Commendation was 27year old Torika Ranadi the only woman in the group.
Ms Ranadi played an instrumental role in the arrest of the accused and although she knew the accused, she decided to help knowing more people could have been harmed.
The Acting Commissioner in commending the group’s efforts said they are great examples of the concept of community policing in that they did not turn a blind eye to criminal activities and engaged in problem solving to address issues that would have threatened public safety.