THE Fiji Police Force has set new standards for potential recruits into the security organisation and reviewed the training program at the Nasova academy.
Director operations, ACP Rusiate Tudravu said the new basic requirements for recruits and upgrade of the academy curriculum was brought about at the behest of Police Commissioner Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua.
"The intake now requires a Form 7 pass, we will accept nothing less," he said.
"We are also reviewing the curriculum at our academy. That is currently ongoing and we expect to have it finished by the time we have a march-in for new recruits next (this) week.
"We want to have this syllabus ready in time for the new batch of recruits."
ACP Tudravu said because of the changes in legislation and criminals getting innovative in their activities, it was imperative that lawmen and women were trained to combat modern day crimes more effectively.
"The intent and challenge by our commissioner is that when recruits complete six months of intensive training and are dispatched for service, they should be able to perform their duties similar to officers who have been in the force for up to five years."
ACP Tudravu also revealed that for the first time in the force's 139-year history, a training program for officer cadets would begin taking in recruits this year.
"This is a new initiative and all candidates for officer training must have a degree."