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Officers warned

Luke Nacei
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

THE Fiji Police Force has received late night calls from the public being served by officers who either have been unprofessional, rude or opinionated.

This was revealed by Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu during the opening of the second Constable Qualifying Course at the Fiji Police Academy in Nasova, Suva yesterday.

He has also warned the 150 police officers undergoing the course that there was no place for officers caught on the wrong side of the law.

"We get calls late at night when people who turn to us for assistance and are met with an unprofessional officer, rude and opinionated, which leads to complaints against our services and officers," ADCP Tudravu said.

"If you are not sure of your purpose in the Fiji Police Force, let me remind you that you are here to serve and dedication is required from police officers on a 24-hour basis and there is never an off-duty officer."

According to police, officers should be able to properly address criminal law and procedures, Acts, Regulations, Decrees and Promulgations and leadership and police duties at the end of the month-long course.

ADCP Tudravu said the Police Commissioner had placed a lot of emphasis on education and training.

"There are a lot of opportunities opening up within the organisation with some senior officers retiring soon and what we need is for young officers to step up and take the organisation forward.

"You have all heard the commissioner's stand on officers who abuse their authority and if you end up being caught on the wrong side of the law, there will be no place for you in this organisation and the day you go, hundreds more will line up to take your place."

Twenty two of the 150 officers' part of the course are members of the Cadet Officers Program.

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