POLICE traffic officers in the Western Division underwent a breathalyser training course at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel yesterday.
Director traffic control unit Senior Superintendent Mahesh Mishra said the objective of the course was to upskill officers in the proper manner of administering the machine when conducting breath tests.
He said the training was also part of the force's commitment in fulfilling their key performance indicators as outlined by the Commissioner of Police.
"This course is part of a preparation by Fiji Police to be declared the force for the nation by 2014 as outlined by our commissioner in terms of reaching our assembly area and for our officers to be prepared," said SSP Mishra.
"Traffic departments are not exempted as we want to be at the forefront in preparing our officers with the right attitude, right knowledge and skills to reach assembly areas.
"This course is to fulfil our KPIs — one of the areas to achieve our targets is training our officers in the right knowledge of using different kinds of equipment."
SSP Mishra said police officers needed to regularly use those types of equipment to help reduce road fatalities.
"We want to ensure that our officers are trained in breathalyser use as required by the law."
He also hailed the effort taken by the police with the introduction of CCTV cameras in some of the major urban areas.
"Police cannot be present everywhere all the time, which is the reason we have this type of technology to help us perform our duties diligently and effectively."
The week-long course will end on Friday.