RETIRED police officers in the Western Division can look forward to staying in touch with other retirees and assist the force in its community policing initiative.
Heading the project to form a Western Division Former Police Officers Association is former lawman, Mohammed Salim.
The now Lautoka Chamber of Commerce and Industry administrator said he was inspired to start the association when he realised that a lot of his retired colleagues felt out of place in society.
"Most of them, apart from looking after their families, are just staying at home and not doing much," he said.
"These are people who spent so many years of their lives fighting crime and when they returned to their families, they found it difficult to be at home and not be actively involved in some activity.
"So I decided to form an association that would keep us together and allow us to still contribute to the force."
He said the association would assist police in its duavata community policing campaign.
"Even though we're members of the civilian community now, we still look at ourselves as police officers and I think that gives us an advantage to help out in this campaign.
"We feel that this initiative is very good and will help our communities and we want to contribute to the duavata model.
"I know our members have a wealth of knowledge that they can impart to our younger officers."
A group of 20 former police officers will meet in Lautoka later today where the association would be formed.