The Chief Operations Officer Assistant Commissioner of Police Maretino Qiolevu has put out a warning to the public against the attack on police officers.
This comes after two officers were attacked during a drug operation in the Western Division yesterday afternoon.
A joint operation consisting of officers from the Namaka, Nadi and Border Police were following information received of drugs being transported from Wailoaloa Beach.
According to a statement by police, Upon arriving at the scene, the two officers approached the parked taxi which they believed was transporting the suspects who were trading the illicit drugs.
The two men allegedly jumped out of the vehicle holding 2 large parcels and boarded a fibre glass boat which was moored nearby.
The two police officers pursued the suspects and while wading through waist deep water, one of the suspects allegedly threw a wooden oar which struck the first officer while the second suspect allegedly reversed the boat intentionally towards the other officer’s direction causing him to dive for cover.
Police say the two suspects fled the scene, however the driver of the taxi was arrested and is currently being questioned.
The identities of the two suspects are known to police and a team of officers have been deployed to arrest the duo.
ACP Qiolevu says the two officers could have been seriously injured which is why a team of officers have been deployed to arrest the two suspects as they are considered dangerous.
Qiolevu says these attacks are not going to be taken lightly and if you are going to be involved in illegal activities then you must stand ready to face the consequences.
Qiolevu has also commended members of the public for assisting by providing information that have led to numerous drug related arrests since the beginning of 2019