AS the Fiji Police Force continues its second phase of the health audit, it has fallen back on a key component of its campaign for a healthy force — the wives.
At the Police Wives Sports tournament thanksgiving lunch yesterday, Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua requested members of the wives association to support their husbands in whatever way possible at home.
"Please continue to support your husbands in their work, the Fiji Police Force remains steadfast in becoming the force of the nation, however, the health status of our officers continues to be of serious concern," Brig-Gen Naivalurua said.
He urged them to take the leading role in ensuring the nation had fit and healthier police officers.
"It is given that you ladies decide on what is to be eaten at home, you have a lot of say in the extracurricular activities undertaken by your families.
"The officers need you, their lifelong partners, to assist them in eating the right food and fitness programs that will promote healthy police families, your solidarity and support will be a pillar of strength in their effort."
The request was made as the force laid to rest another colleague last Friday, bringing the total number of police officers who lost their lives for this year alone to 19.
He said since taking office in 2010, he noted with concern the status of health and wellness of officers which prompted the first health audit.
"The result was shocking and I reckoned that to improve the situation, the force cannot do it alone and we needed all key stakeholders, including all of you onboard in ensuring your husbands are fit for the job".