I don’t want the Fiji Police Force to be labeled as an organization guilty of providing nothing but lip service.
These were the words of caution by Commissioner of Police, Sitiveni Qiliho who was addressing police officers at the handover of 46 vehicles that have been leased by the government.
Qiliho says the fact that police vehicles had to be written off was a concern.
He says those who are in senior ranks are tagged with different levels of responsibility which some are ignoring.
The Commissioner says he expects more from senior rank holders because they are receiving benefits, which is why they have more on their plates.
He says it is becoming evident that some Officers in Charge and Senior Officers are not earning their pay honestly.
Qiliho says as middle managers, Officers in Charge and Senior Officers, the vehicles are under their command and its use should be monitored closely.
He says Corporals, Inspectors and Sergeants in charge of a station have the responsibility of the vehicle and not the drivers.
Qiliho says they are to decide where the driver goes and what speed the divers should drive at. He says that is why they are coming down harder on monitoring the GPS tracking system of the vehicles.
He says he had allowed Divisional Police Commanders to do that but he has not received any disciplinary files.
Qiliho says if they monitor the GPS and find that vehicles have been speeding, they will be asked for explanation and if it was not for pursuing robbery suspects then the officers will be disciplined and served speeding tickets as well.
The Police Commissioner says government vehicles that are caught speeding will not be spared.
He says training of drivers should have already been done and he shouldn’t have to come down to tell those in charge to do it.
Fijivillage also asked the Commissioner about chaotic traffic because of breakdown of vehicles and not being cleared as soon as possible.
A bus caused additional traffic yesterday morning when it blocked a lane in Davuilevu along the Suva Nausori corridor from 7.30am.
It was hindering vehicle movement until 10.20am.
Qiliho says under the Act that has been placed police can tow away the vehicle and charge the company for it.
He stresses that Police are to act quickly.
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