ASP on parental neglect

King contestants farewell the crowd as they leave the stage at the Digicel Northern Duavata Crime Prevention carnival. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

POLICE have pleaded with parents to accompany their children to the Digicel Duavata Northern Crime Prevention Carnival in Labasa.

The plea follows concerns that primary and secondary school students, who walked from their houses to the carnival, had attended without their parents but with friends of the same age group.

In addressing the crowd at the carnival, senior community policing officer Assistant Superintendent of Police Malakai Raceva reiterated that parental neglect was also child abuse.

Malakai Raceva. Picture: Supplied

“The contestants have used this carnival or this platform to preach messages of fighting crime and it’s encouraging,” he said.

“However, it’s not just an activity for this carnival only but should be a daily occurrence and contribution from everyone in promoting the messages of fighting crime.

“Parents, play your role and accompany your children to the grounds. Many times, I use the two terms of connect and correct and sadly, parents fail to connect with their children but only correct
their children.

“It’s good to correct but if we connect with our children and know their desires, identify their cries, know who they are, then we will go a long way with our children and this is important.”

ASP Raceva reminded the crowd that fighting crime was a partnership between police and the community.

“We all know that police can’t do it alone and we need to work together in combating criminal activities,” he said.

“Parents please care for your children and give them the best in life. That’s our duty as parents.”

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