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46 Police officers awarded medals

August 01
10:36 2013
The medal recipients make their way to receive their medals from the Fiji Police Force Commissioner, Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua during the medal parade at Nasova yesterday.  Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI

The medal recipients make their way to receive their medals from the Fiji Police Force Commissioner, Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua during the medal parade at Nasova yesterday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI

By MAIKA BOLATIKI

Forty-six Police officers received medals for their loyal service to the force yesterday.
The three medals –
n Fiji Police Medal (F.P.M.) – For Bravery, valuable services or leadership.
n Fiji Police Long Service Medal – For 18 years service, clasps for addition 7 years, and 5 years thereafter.
n Fiji Overseas Service Medal – Basically a Police General Service Medal with a clasp attached showing the name of the overseas country of mission.
The Police Commissioner, Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua congratulated all the medal recipients and said they deserved their medals.
“The medal you receive, he said, is recognition of the good work you had done to the Police Force and the nation.
“Medals are earned and not handed out,” the Police Commissioner said.
“You worked hard to earn your medals and I salute you for your hard work.”
The Commissioner said the medal recipients had carried out their work faithfully and diligently.
He said all must aspire to earn medals.
FPM recipient, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Unaisi Vuniwaqa told the Fiji Sun that she was proud to receive her medal from the Police Commissioner.
She has worked from the Force for 27 years. She rose through the ranks from a cadet officer to SSP.
As cadet officer, SSP Vuniwaqa worked in all the police divisions in Fiji.
“I enjoyed all the years I’ve worked in the Force.”
She led the Police contingent that was deployed to the Solomon Islands to be part of the RAMSI in 2007.
SSP Vuniwaqa now leads the Force Strategic Planning Department.
Overseas Medal recipient, Inspector Reshmi Singh said she had waited for 10 years to receive the medal.
She went to Kosovo in 2002.
Inspector Singh said she was proud to receive the medal especially when it was given to her by the Police Commissioner.
She pledged to keep up with the good work she was doing for the Force.
Inspector Singh is currently based at the Police Headquarters in Suva.
She has spent 22 years in the Force.
Long Service Medal recipient Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Viliame Sovalevu had served the Force for 26 years.
He said he was proud to receive the medal.
ASP Sovalevu said he really worked hard to earn his ASP rank.
He said he rose through the ranks and had enjoyed all his years with the Force.
ASP Sovalevu also served in Iraq and Sudan.
Sergeant Peni Rokoqica received the Long Service Medal.
He said that he was proud of his achievement.
Sgt Rokoqica has spent 26 years in the Force.

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