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Factors to influence police pay

Aqela Susu
Thursday, February 08, 2018

POLICE officers who do not pass fitness tests but are producing what is required will also get a pay increase.

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho clarified and also confirmed that salary progression for police officers was not determined only on their fitness, but there were other issues they had considered.

The Fiji Police Force earlier conducted a health audit where it found that officers as young as 30 years old were dying because of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

"The health audit identified who needs help and we are working with them that they are processed," Brig-Gen Qiliho said.

"Those that are in the so-called 'regret' and those who are in the grade 'red' are the people who need immediate help and that is a few hundred people which we need to process.

"They need that health tender loving care to take them through that. Also, I've put in place required fitness levels that they need to go through. I can't force these people in those categories to go through the test, that's why we had to go through that health audit."

He said the fitness test was an initiative brought into place to address the officers' health and wellbeing.

"I've included that as part of the salary progression so that they know if they need to progress, they need to be fit and healthy to be able to produce what we require them to do or the outputs that is required from them.

"That doesn't mean that if somebody is 'sick', he cannot be promoted. There are some people that might not be able to task a certain aspect of the fitness test but he's producing the outputs required.

"It's not strictly pass and fail, but there are other issues that we consider and this is only a part of it," he added.

Brig-Gen Qiliho had previously described the status of fitness of the force as a "sick" one and said he needed a healthy force capable of producing the output that Fijians demanded of them.

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