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Police upgrade

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

THE Fiji Police Force is looking at upgrading special constables so a backlog created by the massive intake in 2007 and 2008 can be countered.

Police Commissioner Bernadus Groenewald said after the one month spent in the office, he found that one of the challenges faced by the force was training the special constables to come to the required standard.

Last week, 118 recruits became regular officers, and these numbers are just to replenish the void left by officers who have left the force or have since died.

"Keep in mind that we can only follow the number of establishments that we have. We had a discussion with the minister and we have done the election for the new incumbents and if I am not mistaken they will take up post two weeks from now," said Mr Groenewald.

"There were 118 new intakes and I have been informed that the new recruits, we will be taking 150, so there is an automatic increase of 12 per cent.

"We can recruit more people, but there is also a backlog, there is a need to train the special constables that are converted to the regular police.

"So one of other challenges is training those special constables to come to the standard. I am very much in favour of getting the special constables who do meet the minimal standard requirements, we recruit them to become regular members of the police force."

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