TWENTY-THREE fallen police officers were remembered yesterday for their commitment, loyalty and dedication to the police force.
Families gathered to lay wreaths for their loved ones during the Northern Police Remembrance Day at the Labasa Police Station grounds yesterday morning.
Special administrator Labasa-Savusavu Vijay Chand said Fiji joined the police jurisdictions of Australasia and the Southwest Pacific region to remember the officers who had lost their lives in the line of duty.
Mr Chand said policing was unique among public service entities in a number of ways.
"It means being on duty 24 hours a day and being expected to maintain a higher standard of behaviour than the society it serves with its work ethics and trends being reflective of society's shift, changes and more," he said.
"This special day is an occasion to pause and reflect on the memories of our fallen officers, including the lessons they've left behind for their colleagues and for us all, lest we forget them.
"The officers' dedication was clearly demonstrated during the crisis of 2000 and it is perhaps at times like this that we, the public, get a glimpse of the challenges that our officers undergo."
A tearful Vitinia Moce, who was among the families of the officers, remembered her husband Corporal Isireli Moce as an officer who loved his job.
Corporal Moce died in an accident in April last year while on patrol.
"I know in my heart that he is in a better place.
"The service this morning is a way of remembering his dedication to his calling as a police officer."
Corporal Moce's mother, Nacanieli Mataika, said he would always be remembered.