KEEP the rules before we enforce the rules.
This was the message by the Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua as he addressed the second quarterly parade at the Labasa Police Station yesterday.
Referring to two recent separate cases of domestic violence involving police officers, Brig-Gen Naivalurua reminded his men of the need to be good, honest and hardworking officers with no room for excuses to the government and the people of Fiji.
He reminded officers at the parade that police work was tough and challenging but such description of their work should not be an excuse.
He reminded officers of the importance of cherishing their family as it helped produce a healthy police officer who contributed to a productive and vibrant police force.
Police in the north were also reminded of their achievements and shortfalls during the last quarter.
"Let us accept our weaknesses and admit that there is a need for change, the issue of complaints against police and their service is not a problem borne from mechanical failure or technical failure, it's a human factor," said Brig-Gen Naivalurua.
He said in order to do better, the police force needed to make changes and fix its internal organs, and most importantly have the right attitude and the passion to serve.