Tailevu- We expect our police to act professionally and maintain the highest standards of performance and integrity and that means, we need to support them.

As a society, we owe them and ourselves police facilities that are modern and functional. Our police posts should reflect the pride we have in ourselves and our police and the value we place on the work they do.

Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama delivered this remarks while opening the new Nayavu Police Post in Wainibuka this morning.

The Prime Minister said this police post, which is expected to cater for about 7000 people, is just one more piece of infrastructure that makes Nayavu more secure and keeps the village connected with the rest of the country.

“It is very important that our police have a modern facility, with the latest equipment and with adequate living quarters so that the police can be a part of this community. That is when policing works best,” he said.

“A community doesn’t just need police when a crime is committed, it needs police presence to prevent crime and to help the community stay safe.

“The police should know the people and help them look out for the safety of the children and if another natural disaster hits, the police must be able to give aid and support, to lead early rescue and recovery efforts, and to communicate with our national response networks.”

Prime Minister Bainimarama said that communities like Nayavu depend on police to guide them through an emergency and help them recover in its aftermath.

Divisional Police Commander Eastern Mr Viliame Sovalevu said a total of seven police officers will be stationed at the new police post and has given his assurance that his officers will carry out their duties well to promote peace and security in the Wainibuka area.

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