THE Commissioner of Police's third quarterly parade was called off yesterday morning because of unsatisfactory turnout by officers.
Police chief operations officer ACP Rusiate Tudravu said he was expecting about 700 officers from the Central, Southern, Eastern divisions and headquarters but only about 400 showed up.
He said he had asked divisional commanders to explain why most of their officers did not turn up to the FDB foreshore in Suva.
ACP Tudravu told this newspaper officers found to have no genuine reason for not turning up would face disciplinary actions.
"There are a lot of factors that could have led to the officers not turning up," he said.
"It could have been transportation problems, or the weather and all these things."
In a press statement, ACP Tudravu said the decision to call off the parade was solely his.
He said he had informed acting Commissioner of Police Ravi Narayan to allow him until Monday to sort out the numbers before the latter could inspect the parade.
"As the head of operations, this is my parade to show the acting commissioner of police our officers and capabilities but because of the low turnout, I have made this decision.
"I am not satisfied with what I am seeing this morning."
The poor turnout by the officers at the parade yesterday morning was described as a "let-down from the operations side".
"I just want to find out why there was a low turnout.
He said he had spoken to the divisional police commanders who would report back to him.
"This is the same report which I will present to the commissioner."