ABOUT 150 new police recruits have joined the Fiji Police Force after their passing-out parade at Nasova in Suva yesterday.
Minister for Defence Joketani Cokanasiga told the recruits the parade marked the culmination of six months of intensive training in both classroom and outdoor activities.
"Police officers must be just. Do everything in strict accordance with the law in a fair and selfless manner," said Mr Cokanasiga.
"Do all you can to remove your 'tinted glasses'. Respect everyone's rights, including those of the suspects.
"You need to have a high degree of self-discipline and integrity and not to succumb to the temptation of money or be corrupted by power. Wearing a police uniform makes you powerful. But when you discharge your duties, never do things recklessly or subject yourselves to bad influence."
Mr Cokanasiga reminded them they were entering the Fiji Police Force at a critical juncture in the history of our nation.
"We are now firmly progressing towards the first-ever, truly free, truly fair, democratic elections, which will be held on September 17 later this year.
"The Fiji Police Force, as the upholders of law and order, has a critical role in ensuring that our citizens are afforded a safe and secure environment to be able to cast their vote for who they deem fit to govern them.
"In this role, you must be seen to be unbiased, taking no sides, offering no favours and taking none, and applying the law of the land to the letter."