Obstructing police officers

Indar Jit Tokotoko, Navua | Wednesday, February 14, 2018
According to a local news media company, on Saturday 03/02/18, seven people at a town in the Western Division were arrested by our police for obstructing officers in carrying out their duties. The seven men were held in custody.

According to the Bureau of Labour statistic, common duties of a police officer include patrolling designated areas, enforcing laws, answering calls for help, arresting individuals suspected of committing crimes, testifying in courts, directing and controlling traffics, etcetera.

Police officers also focus on protecting people and property. Police officers play a central role in the law enforcement system. They monitor criminal activity, take part in community patrols and respond to emergency calls.

Our police officers are deemed to be on duty 24/7, whether they are in uniform or plain clothing. We must not forget, whether it's day or night, rain or sun, normal time or emergencies, while many of us enjoy our lives in the comfort of our homes, these officers are out in the field monitoring criminal activity and go along protecting people and property.

On Saturday 03/02/18 at this particular town, police officers were reportedly at the scene to arrest a suspect who was alleged to have assaulted a victim.

Six men who were nearby are alleged to have obstructed the officers trying to arrest the suspect.

I believe the public must understand that police officers are a special breed of men and women. They are trained in their field of duties.

To keep law and order and to keep ourselves and our properties safe, let everyone of us respect law enforcement officers.

Police officers should not be hindered by an obstruction or interference that makes his or her duty substantially more difficult.

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