KEEPING fit and healthy will be the main focus for police officers in the Northern Division this year.
Divisional police commander northern Acting Senior Superintendant of Police (ASSP) Fulori Rainibogi yesterday said apart from their daily jobs, officers were also reminded to maintain good health.
"Officers have been dying as a result of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and other health-related problems and we don't want this to be an ongoing issue in the region," ASSP Rainibogi said.
"We are stressing the need for healthy living and this year, we will continue with our wellness program and ensure that all officers comply with the requirement," she said.
"A healthy lifestyle will not only prolong one's life but also help them in their line of work in terms of working smartly and effectively."
ASSP Rainibogi said the last thing she wanted was to see officers sent home for being unfit.
"It's not a difficult task to exercise daily and eat healthy foods. The onus is on every officer to take a strong stand and prioritise his or her health for the purpose of providing better service to the community," she said.
"We hope to see a major improvement at the end of the year not only on the officers' health but also in the level of criminal activities."
Meanwhile, it was earlier reported that a total of 83 officers in the country who were deemed unfit and acted unscrupulously were sent home last year.
The number had increased by 29 from 2011 as revealed by the Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua at the fourth quarter parade at Nasova last week.
The police force is working hard to revamp its image with health being one of its priorities.