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Stay Alert, Prevent Unlawful Acts: Tudravu To Graduate Police Prosecutors

Stay Alert, Prevent Unlawful Acts: Tudravu To Graduate Police Prosecutors
Sitting second from left: Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Andrew Jacks, Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu, Principal Legal Officer ODPP Yogesh Prasad with the graduates and other executives. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua.
August 11
10:00 2018


Twenty-eight Police graduates from a prosecutors course were warned yesterday to be alert and prevent any unlawful acts that could jeopardise their career.

Actions that could bring disrepute to degrade the good reputation of the Fiji Police Force.

Speaking at the completion of the Advanced National Prosecution Course Graduation ceremony yesterday, Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said he had received complaints against some prosecutors and these had been dealt internally.

“Some have ended up on the wrong side of the court,” he said.

“I would like to make it clear that the force view this seriously and we have called departmental investigations to determine the truth of some allegations.”

The 28 police prosecutors, who graduated after the six-week programme, learned about the fundamentals of evidence.

“It is important for them to understand how to lead these evidences in court during the trial proceedings,” Mr Tudravu said.

“Your continuous education will greatly enhance your knowledge, understanding and skills, which will improve the standard of summary prosecution in Fiji.

“The ball is in your court, and we are relying on you.

“The prosecution of a case is the end product of police work during an operation.

“It is a waste of time, money, resources and all effort to undertake an efficient and diligent criminal investigation resulting in a person being charged, but later acquitted due to the laziness and incompetence of the prosecuting officer.

“My concern is focusing on the number of cases that are discharged or acquitted on weekly basis because this has a great impact in achieving some of our key performance indicators.

“We have promoted personnel from Constables to Sergeants, we will be absorbing Special Constables into the regular force because your role is very critical, That is something that I can guarantee you.

“You must continue with your learning and prove yourselves in a court of law when you stand and present your cases in front of the magistrate.”

Mr Tudravu added that prosecution was one of the specialised units in the organisation.

He encouraged graduates to be well-versed with the law.

“Commit yourselves by putting in greater efforts to case preparations with the required skills, which will give positive results,” Mr Tudravu said.

The graduation was held at Suvavou House.

Edited by Percy Kean


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