The Fiji Police Force was allocated $177.8 million in the 2019/2020 National Budget of which $800,000 is provided to undertake special drugs operations.
Deputy Police Commissioner ACP Rusiate Tudravu says the funds allocated to them is more than enough to combat the rising issue of drugs in the country.
$20.2 million is allocated to commence phase 2 of the restructure and reform program.
The activities planned for phase 2 include regularization of 995 Special Constables into the regular force to adapt to new policing challenges.
While delivering the budget, Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the nature and tactics of criminals are evolving particularly in hard synthetic drugs, which is why the Fiji Police Force needs to evolve.
Khaiyum says Fiji is increasingly seen as a transit point for drug traffickers that can carry serious effects of violence.
He adds the 995 constables that will be regularized will send a clear message to drug traffickers that doing business in Fiji waters will only get you a bunk space in a prison cells.
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