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83 officers sent home

Nanise Loanakadavu
Saturday, February 02, 2013

EIGHTY-three police officers who were deemed unfit and acted unscrupulously were sent home last year.

The number increased by 29 from 2011.

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua made the revelation at the fourth quarter parade at Nasova on Thursday.

He said it was tough to be a police officer because the police lived by rules, guidelines and values.

"If any officer cannot meet these values and rules, they are not fit to be police officers," Brig-Gen Naivalurua said.

In 2011, he said a total of 54 officers were told to leave the force.

"I did not kick them out — they simply took them out themselves," he said. "They forced the commissioner's hand to send them home because their actions and behaviour were unbecoming of police officers."

Brig-Gen Naivalurua said because the organisation was always exposed to temptations by those who break the law, police officers need to ensure their role is to uphold it.

"We see that as our biggest challenge, to withstand those temptations and behave like police officers.

"I am sure any police officer in this world faces similar challenges and problems but we are committed as senior officers that we clamp down hard on such unacceptable behaviour.

"We are not able to watch over our officers individually but when one is caught we take him or her to task."