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Rabi Village police target communal grievance

FIJI TIMES ONLINE Salaseini Vosamana Thursday, November 03, 2011


IN A bid to combat criminal activities, five officers are working with the Fiji Police Force to solve grievances at communal level on Rabi Island.

As required by the Banaban Settlement Act, the group known as local police officers was formed during the inception of the Rabi Council of Leaders years ago.

Rabi Island Council of leaders executive director Marlie Rota said the formation of the group was an idea brought about to safeguard the daily lives of the Banaban people on the island.

"One of them is the officer in charge of the group while the other four are stationed in the four villages of Buakonikai, Tabwewa, Tabiang and Uma to look out for criminal activities," Ms Rota said.

"Disputes raised by the villagers are handled by the officers and if it's of serious criminal matter, they will have to refer it to the government officers," she said.

Ms Rota said the hiring of the officers was not only a form of employment but it was also an act of maintaining justice on the island.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said the force was grateful to have been assisted by the Rabi officers on the island because the level of criminal activities was minimal.

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