The Public consultation on the draft Police Bill 2020 was officially launched by the Minister for Defense, National Security, and Policing Honorable Inia Seruiratu this morning at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.

The Draft Bill aims to provide additional enforcement powers to the organization to effectively address new forms of crime, provide legal powers to use modern technological aids to combat organized crimes as well as impose deterrent penalties in comparison to the outdated penalties currently in force.

Also present this morning are the Acting Chief Justice Mr.Kamal Kumar, the New Zealand High Commissioner Mr.Jonathan Curr, United Nation Development Program [UNDP] representative, the Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu, Director of Public Prosecutions Mr. Christopher Pryde, and Senior officers of the organization as well as the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces.

Initially, the review process began in 2019 with an in-house and inter-agency consultation program where submissions were received from all the four Divisional Police Commanders, Directors, and Interagency partners.

The Honorable Minister in his speech spoke at length on the importance of contributions made by the public towards this Bill that will directly have an impact on our very own safety and security.Therefore the government needs to capture and take into consideration the interests, voices, and concerns of every Fijian.

“As the minister responsible for Policing, I want to gather as many submissions as possible.

I am pleased to announce that the review team will be moving out to twenty-one centers across Fiji focusing also on rural and maritime areas such as Rotuma, the Yasawa’s, Kadavu, Ovalau, Taveuni, and the Lau group to receive your proposals.”He also acknowledged the financial support provided by the UNDP and the New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade Aid Program towards this consultation.

The consultation will be conducted through two platforms which is the Online Platform that will open immediately from noon today and Face to Face consultations which will commence from the 8th of this month.

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