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Police officers are at risk due to alcohol and drugs

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 18/12/2019

The Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell says the Police officers are highly at risk because of the increase in the use of alcohol and drugs in Tonga. This follows an incident in Kolomotu’a over the week where one police was injured when responding to a call for assistance.

In a press release from the Ministry of Police, Stephen Caldwell says, they have recognized that with the increased use of alcohol and drugs, the risk to the safety of our police officers has also increased.

A review of the staff safety has been completed and training and equipment to ensure better protection for the police officers, supported by NZ Police through the Tonga Police Development Program will commence in the New Year.

Just last Sunday a 21 police officer wounded in an incident whilst he was responding to a call for assistance to a burglary in progress at a residence in Kolomotu’a.

The alleged burglar, a 33 year old male from Kolomotu’a was inside the house and had locked himself in one of the rooms. He refused to come out when Police arrived at the scene.

When Police finally had access to the locked room and tried to effect arrest, the intruder assaulted the police officer with a pair of scissors and a piece of timber resulting in the police officer sustaining injury to his left hand and foot.

Besides the pair of scissors, the intruder was armed with a machete. The Police Tactical Response Group, armed, was then deployed to assist with the situation. It was only then that the intruder surrendered to police and was arrested and taken into police custody.

The injured police officer was taken to the hospital where he received several stitches for his injury and was released after his treatment.

The burglar has been charged with assault, bodily harm and housebreaking while he remains in police custody.

 

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