THE Fiji Labour Party believes a professional career police officer should be appointed as the next Commissioner of Police.
"The past practice of appointing military personnel to senior positions in the police force must stop," said FLP assistant secretary general Kini Marawai.
"It has done immense damage to the morale and professional competence of the force, not to mention its command structure.
"The successor to the now retired Commissioner of Police should have been decided weeks before his departure on leave.
"It is an important position in terms of national security and should not be left vacant for long periods.
Meanwhile, a police statement yesterday said Deputy Commissioner Ravi Narayan had been appointed as Acting Commissioner.
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the decision was made on Wednesday by Defence Minister Joketani Cokanasiga in accordance with Part B Section 129 (6) of Chapter 6 of the Constitution.
Acting Commissioner Narayan's appointment came into effect on September 18 until a new commissioner is appointed.