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Police try out new device

Ana Madigibuli
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

POLICE Commissioner Brigadier General Iowane Naivalurua has again highlighted that many officers in the force are becoming a liability because of their fitness and well-being.

Brig-Gen Naivalurua said this while he was explaining about the new pedometer device that the police force was trying out this month in its bid to get the men and women in the force fighting fit.

He said the device automatically counted each step a person took in a day and each officer had to reach a target of 10,000 steps in a day.

"The device basically keeps us fit as we try to reach our target," Brig-Gen Naivalurua said.

"I have a pedometer device myself, so do all senior officers in the force and it is for all officers in the force.

"Wellness is important especially in our line of duty and we hope to make every liability in the force an asset."

He said they hoped to also introduce the device to families of the officers as it would encourage fitness for all and extend its usage in the country.

"The introduction of the device was through the World Health Organization and we are in partnership with them," he said.

"It is the first for the force and it is a good initiative."

Police Spokesperson Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said they hoped the device would be launched sooner so the general public could count their steps in a day and stay fit.