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Female Police Inspectors paying their respects during the Police Rememberance Day at the Makoi Police Mobile yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

DON’T let death beat you, look after yourselves and live longer.

This was the message from acting Commissioner Western Joji Satakala to the Western Division police officers during a Police Remembrance Day service at Churchill Park, Lautoka yesterday.

He said the significant loss of lives attributed to non-communicable diseases was a cause for serious concern.

“Of the eighteen lives lost in the past year, the most senior being the late Deputy Commissioner of Police as well as a Senior Superintendent of Police, and the six officers we are remembering here in the Western Division, their loss while unfortunate, should however serve as a timely reminder to the rest of us of just how precious life is,” he said.

“As the work of a police officer is extremely demanding, striking the perfect balance in life between your professional and personal life is essential.

“We all have a goal in life and for most of us, it is to enjoy life after retirement. “Don’t let death beat us because of our failure to look after ourselves.

“The fact that the majority of the 18 deaths were linked to non-communicable diseases is a concern.

“It’s a national problem and the key to a long and healthy life lies in our hands.”

Police officers in the Western Division who were called to rest this year include:

– Sergeant Bramhanand Chetty;
– Corporal Semiti Cabemailau;
– Corporal Parveen Prasad;
– Constable Josese Baleikasavu;
– Constable Samuela Namusu; and
– Special Constable Meli Nawaimalua.

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