Mosese Tekiteki is one of the few Police officers allowed to grow their hair. He is part of the Fiji Police Force initiative which is aimed at bringing back the classical look of Fijian police officers.
This classic look was part of the Fiji Police Force when it was established and was called the native constabulary in the post cession era.
The iTaukei men who entered the service of the governor retained their traditional hairdo which means their natural frizzy hair is worn in a fashion similar to the modern day afro hairdo.
The move which was initiated a few years ago had actually taken Mosese by surprise as he had just recently been recruited into the police force.
According to Mosese, it was not an easy thing to grow his hair because he wasn't expecting it to be a part and parcel of his job.
"At first I found it a hard thing to do because I had never grown my hair this long while growing up. Even my family, including my children, found it different but as time went by, they got used to it," Mosese explained.
Easily standing at six feet, Mosese stands out like a sore thumb with his traditional hairdo and always catches the attention of people.
He admitted catching a cab to work at first because he was still unfamiliar with the hairdo and also that he was a bit coy about the big hair deal.
"At times I know that people stare at my big hair especially the younger people, they make fun of it because it is rather unusual, or maybe I am the only policeman they know that has big hair."
Nevertheless, Mosese has been encouraged by the adulations and commendations from other people, who Mosese says are mostly tourists and older people.
"Many of them admire the way I wear my hair, and one day, while I was waiting for the bus at the bus stand, a group of men from Naitasiri personally came over to me and commended me for the way I wore my hair," he said.
"An elderly woman too commented on it and asked what other iTaukei women would think of this fashion, when they see a man wearing his hair in the traditional manner," Mosese said.
Just the other day while directing traffic near MHCC in Suva, people started taking photos of him on their camera phones.
As a tourist police officer, Mosese's traditional iTaukei look applies to his line of work and he is proud to be among the few police officers around Fiji given the priviledge to wear their hair in this manner.
One unique feature is the natural white streak that Mosese sports in his traditional iTaukei hairdo.
"I haven't cut my hair in the last eight months. I am finding it hard to find someone who can cut my hair in line with this style, but I am taking care of it too," Mosese says.
This hairdo is a look that was made famous by police officers in the 1960s and 1970s when Fiji was frequented by many tourist cruise ships.
Another policeman Sergeant Leone Lesianawai took this look to the international stage when he acted in the Australian television series The Adventures of the Seaspray, sporting his traditional iTaukei hairdo.
In fact, the look became synonymous with the late Sgt. Lesi.
Coincidentally, the late Sgt. Lesi and Mosese both hail from Kadavu, although officially, Lesi is registered to his mother's village in Vuna.