23 Apr 2007

Fiji police look at maintaining security after military handover of checkpoints

6:24 am on 23 April 2007

Fiji police say they are looking at their strategies to maintain order and security after the military handed over the roadside checkpoints to police.

The military passed the roadside checkpoints to police earlier this month in line with the interim government's move towards normalisation.

But there has been an increase in reported robberies and the acting police commissioner, Romano Tikotikoca says police want to meet the needs of the community and halt the development.

"I cannot say there is an increase in crime, but there is an increase in robberies. But there was a general reduction in terms of crime when the checkpoints were set up and controlled by the military. To my understanding they already set the benchmark and now we are doing our best to try and do even better."

The acting police commissioner says they have already consulted parts of the community .