CONSTABLE Sakiusa Nailoloku left aircraft engineering to become a policeman and it paid dividends for him on Friday when he was declared the best overall recruit and winner of the coveted baton of honour.
The 25-year-old didn't want to say why he made this decision but was all smiles after the passing-out parade.
"It was due to personal reasons but I am really happy today. This has been made possible by the support my family has provided me," said PC Nailoloku.
"My family home has been just across the road from the barracks in Nasova and joining the police force has been a childhood dream."
The former Suva Grammar student was also recognised as the best in legal studies during the training period.
He said his wife was his pillar of strength.
"She was my high school sweetheart. We are married with two daughters. Ilisapeci has stood by me in my tough times and I am thankful to the Lord that she is in my life," said PC Nailoloku.
"I also thank my mom and late dad, who inspired me to never give up."
The new recruits will be notified of their postings next week.
Two notable recruits who were part of the passing-out were former Fiji sevens rugby star Manasa Bari and national football goalkeeper Akuila Mateisuva.