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Top Cop Praises Initiative

Top Cop Praises  Initiative
Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto and Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho. Photo: DEPTFO News
June 30
12:52 2018

An initiative to regularise the appointment of special constables in the 2018-2019 National Budget has been welcomed by the Commissioner of Police.

Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho was extremely thrilled and thanked the Government on behalf of special constables working with the Fiji Police Force for a number of years.

Making the Budget announcement on Thursday night

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said $24.6 million had been allocated for that purpose and to restructure human resources within the police to regularise more than 600 special constables and other Government wage earners within the force.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said if there was a word to describe the Police budget, it was exquisite.

He said the Police budget showed the Government’s commitment to the internal security of Fiji.

“As for me, it is a positive burden for me because it demands to have a capable force that is postured right to deliver to the people of Fiji,” Brigadier-General Qiliho said.

“The budget for special constables has moved from what the special constabulary was all about before. Before the special constables used to come only in the weekends and work for a few hours. But now we have special constables that work an eight-hour shift in a day and are doing all the work that a regular Police officer does.

“But even then, there are some laws that are still in place that do not recognise special constables as Police officers, especially in assault cases, and some of them have been working year in and year out for more than 10 years.

“I am extremely happy about the budget that has been allocated for our restructure programme which will involve the regularisation of posts and special constables who have been doing basic and regular work for all these years,” Brigadier-General Qiliho said.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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