Upholding the law

Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu made no bones about the importance of police work during the opening of the second Constable Qualifying Course in Suva this week.

The force, he said, had received late night calls from members of the public being served by officers who either had been unprofessional, rude or opinionated.

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

He spoke about people being met with unprofessional officers who were sometimes rude and opinionated which led to complaints about the service of the force.

Members of the Fiji Police Force, he said, “are here to serve and dedication is required from police officers on a 24-hour basis and there is never an off-duty officer”.

Officers are expected 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.

Opportunities, he said, were opening up within the organisation with some senior officers retiring soon. It called for young officers to step up and take the organization 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,” he reiterated.

The strong comments should be embraced by our young officers.

As we gear up for this year’s planned general election, Fijians will certainly be looking forward to a force that is committed and enthusiastic, and ready to serve the people.

The force will need the support and encouragement of the people of Fiji to perform to the best of its ability though.

Men and women of the force will need to be confident and comfortable in the face of what may seem to be overwhelming odds some times.

They have an important role to play in the mechanics of how our nation develops and prospers.

We should be able to bank on our men and women in blue to uphold the laws of our nation, and to help us uphold important values that should make life enjoyable and safe for everyone irrespective of who they are, where they come from, and in the face of racial, religious and other leanings.

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