Come up with solutions, 'not problems'
12 July, 2012
Corrections chief Lt. Col Ifereimi Vasu at day two of the second quarter command group.
Commissioner of Corrections Lieutenant Colonel Ifereimi Vasu has urged his senior officers to come up with solutions rather than problems.
While opening the Fiji Corrections Service’ second quarter Command Group meeting in Suva, Lt. Col Vasu said with the growing challenges in officers’ line of work, it is important that they work smarter.
“What I need from you is answers to the problems and challenges you are facing.
“Yesterday we reached a milestone by going past the 1400 mark as our muster continues to grow and that is a daily challenge for us.
“We have to think outside the box and work smarter,” he said.
Lt. Col Vasu said in the face of these challenges coupled with minimal resources, officers must continue to strive to achieve what Government has mandated for the department.
“In terms of recidivism, the programmes that we put in place now will determine whether inmates return to our institutions.
“As for the rehabilitation of inmates, we have contributed tremendously to the clean-up after the recent floods in the West including the rehabilitation of pine plantations.
“Now we have moved to cane harvesting. This is a form of rehabilitation for those under our care,” Lt. Col Vasu said.
With regards to escapes, Lt. Col Vasu said these incidences must be taken seriously.
“There was one incident each in the first and second quarter.
“If there is an escape during a movement or from a working party I can accept that but not if there is an escape from within our walls, that’s unacceptable,” Lt. Col Vasu said.
He also urged officers to work together and thanked them for the work done in the last six months.
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