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Four Months of Intensive Training Pays Off

Four months of intensive training in both classroom and outdoor learning for  111 members of the Regular Officers Basic Course came to an end today. Hundreds of family members gathered
19 Dec 2015 14:50
Four Months of Intensive Training Pays Off
Middle from left: Graduating Police officer Miriama Koiniu, Deputy Commissioner of Police Isikeli Ligairi and Baton of Honour recipient, Atunaisa Turagaiviu cut the cake during the graduation at the Police Academy in Nasova, Suva yesterday. Photo: Rama

Four months of intensive training in both classroom and outdoor learning for  111 members of the Regular Officers Basic Course came to an end today.

Hundreds of family members gathered at the Fiji Police Academy to witness their loved ones graduate in the second batch of the Regular Officers Basic Recruit Course for 2015.

While it was a time to celebrate the sacrifice and achievements made, it was also a time for the newly-graduated officers to be reminded about what will now be expected of them as members of the Fiji Police Force.

Addressing the officers, the Deputy Commissioner of Police Isikeli Ligairi said the work of a Police officer was becoming more demanding.

“The demand from the community for better service by the Fiji Police Force continues to grow. You play a pivotal role in seeing the communities at large are satisfied with our service.

“Nowadays in addition to taking up the role of a law enforcer, a Police officer may be called upon to perform other roles as and when the situation demands. Therefore you must be versatile, and be prepared to serve the community in different situations.”

DCP Ligairi also reminded the officers of the need to uphold the highest level of professionalism when executing their duties.

“You are to be just. Do everything in strict accordance with the law in a fair and selfless manner.

“Respect everyone’s rights, including those of the suspects as we have not been careful in the recent past and as a result we have received criticism from members of the community we serve.”

Making reference to the recent negative spotlight placed on the organisation, he reiterated the stand taken on the issue of abusing authority.

“I must state it clearly that the organisation won’t condone any violent and brutal behaviour and all those implicated would be dealt with.

“We are vested with the responsibility of maintaining law and order through lawful and peaceful means and we are held accountable for our unlawful actions.”

The four month training covered areas on basic policing which included; ethics and professional development, front desk customer care, practical Police skills, laws and legal system, acts, decrees and emerging legislations and criminal procedure and investigations.

As the recruits prepare to head back to their respective divisions and formations next week, the Deputy Commissioner urged them to be proud of the profession they have chosen to be a part of, and not to let the four months of training go to waste.

“Self-discipline and integrity should be part of your daily life and you are not to succumb to the temptation of money or be corrupted by power. Remember wearing a Police uniform makes you powerful, but when you discharge your duties, do it with utmost honesty.

“Unfortunately, once Police officers complete their training, they go back to their old indulgence which in many ways contradicts discipline. I call for your commitment as new graduates to change the discipline landscape and become role models for the senior police officers on the ground and the community you serve.”

Source: FIJI POLICE MEDIA CELL

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