YESTERDAY marked the launch of the Former Fiji Police Officer's Association at the Police Officers Mess in Suva.
Former officers who attended the launch were briefed and given the blessing by Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua, who said this was an important step.
"This has to be something we can base our lives on while we continue to serve and give back to our nation at large," Brig-Gen Naivalurua said.
"The way forward will be a difficult one but the organisation will need to be based on sound principles that you and I are able to first respect and honour each other because I believe this organisation can go a long way," he said.
According to the association's consultant, Steve Chand, this was a way of acknowledging the work former officers had done for the country throughout their years of service.
"Many of these former officers were in the work force for up to 40 years and have such a wealth of experience, which they can share with the newer officers.
"So this association will be able to give them that avenue to share their experiences and help them to continue to give back," he said.
The event saw more than 40 officers come together from different parts of the country to share their thoughts on the establishment of the association.