Lautoka is an important driver of Fiji’s economy growth and requires a responsive Police Force. This was highlighted by the Minister for Defense, National Security and Foreign Affairs, Hon. Inia Seruiratu during the $29.8million new Lautoka Police Station ground-breaking ceremony today.
“The cities of Suva and Lautoka will have police stations that will be elevated to Metropolitan Stations due to their status of having high economic activities, which at times can draw hundreds of thousands of people to their respective areas of operations.”
“While I commend you for recording an 8% reduction in crimes in the Lautoka area last year, I can guarantee you now, that those living in Lautoka will be anticipating a lot more from those who will be manning this multi-million-dollar police station.”
“It is human nature to expect more, from those who have more – and this is why expectations will be high from law enforcement services as Government invests in empowering officers to adequately conduct their duties.”
Minister Seruiratu said collaborations need to be strengthened and that he was happy to see the Western Division crime prevention community members present in numbers.
“When it comes to fighting crime, failure is not an option, and I would like to end my address with this plea, we need to work together, because together we can achieve more.”
“This new station is envisioned to adapt and effectively meet the demands of the growing Lautoka community, in line with the Commissioner of Police’s five-year re-structure plan.”
The new police station will be built on site.