Tonga Police report decrease in crimes over festive season

Tonga Police have recorded a 19% decrease in crimes over the festive period compared to the previous year 2017/18.

Police have confirmed the recorded criminal offences decreased from 116 to 94.

There were a total of 271 arrests with 20 related to drug offences, 42 for drunk driving and the rest from other related crimes.

Police said the overall drop in criminal offences was due to the decrease in the three prevalent offences of common assault, theft and housebreaking.

Deputy Commissioner Pelenatita Vaisuai acknowledged the commitment of police staff who worked throughout the holidays to ensure peace and public safety was maintained.

She also acknowledged and thanked members of the public for the timely sharing of information and their valued support to the Tonga Police.

A total of 255 police staff were deployed during the Christmas and New Year Operation.



Josephine Navula