THE king and queen of this year's Duavata Northern Crime Prevention carnival yesterday joined other police recruits at the Fiji Police Academy in Nasova.
The two joined the force after Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua offered them places following the crowning at the festival two weeks ago.
Reigning queen, Anarieta Tukana and king Livai Rasamai left Labasa on Sunday evening with hopes of becoming the nation's top police officers in years to come.
They said they would make Brig-Gen Naivalurua proud.
"Personally I feel privileged and blessed to be offered a chance like this and I will ensure that I do my best at the recruit training," Ms Tukana said.
"I am looking forward to the recruit training, and I know that I will manage.
"I also look forward to returning home after the recruit training and I will wholeheartedly do my duty as a police officer."
Ms Tukana said though she would miss her family, her priority was to secure a job to support her mum who stood by her side through difficult moments.
Mr Rasamai echoed similar sentiments saying he is grateful to be given an opportunity for a brighter future.
"I know the recruit training will not be an easy one but I will give it my best," Mr Rasamai said.
Carnival committee chairman Satish Kumar paid their air tickets to Suva to attend the recruit training at Nasova.
"We are proud to send our winning contestants to join the recruitment and it speaks of how successful the carnival has been," Mr Kumar said.