Labasa town was a hive of activity as a march to publicly declare the launching of the Northern Crime Prevention Carnival converged from the entry into town towards the carnival venue at Labasa's Subrail Park.
Members of the Northern Crime Prevention Board earlier lighted the carnival torch signifying the spirit of the carnival in front of approximately more than two thousand people to commemorate the opening of the carnival at the grounds.
Chief Guest at the launching of the three day carnival, Labasa and Savusavu Special Administrator, Mr. Vijay Chand lauded the community for their continuous support to a worthy course such as the carnival.
"Proceeds of the carnival will directly go to the development of the hundred and forty crime committees in the North and this is to ensure that communities in the Northern Division remain safe and secure and also investor friendly", he said.
"I strongly believe that the fight against crime will only be possible through successful partnership between the community and the police", said Mr. Chand.
Also present at the launching was the Northern Crime Prevention Board chairman, Mr.Pramod Chand who said that he had taken up the role as the mediator between the Fiji Police Force and the community.
"We are known as the Friendly North and the board strives to maintain this identity and ensure that it is taken up another level", he said.
"I encourage senior government officials to hop on board and join this worthy cause as it will greatly benefit us all", said Mr.Cjhand.
The Northern Crime Prevention Carnival was later officially opened by the Commissioner Northern, Lieutenant Colonel IlaiMoceica.