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Top Police Jobs Move

Police will lose most of their top 30 senior officers through retirement in three to four years. And Acting Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho, says they have put in
14 Jan 2016 12:08
Top Police Jobs Move
Chief Intelligence and Investigation Officer , ACP Henry Brown Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

Police will lose most of their top 30 senior officers through retirement in three to four years.

And Acting Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho, says they have put in place a succession plan to prepare promising candidates to fill the positions when they become vacant.

The cadre of senior officers who will make their exit include: Deputy Commissioner Isikeli Ligairi, the Force Inspector-General Isikeli Vuniwaqa, Chief Intelligence and Investigation ACP Henry Brown, Chief Administration Officer ACP Unaisi Vuniwaqa, and Chief Operations Officer ACP Rusiate Tudravu.

ACP Tudravu, 52, confirmed that younger officers were being trained to take over.

In the top echelon, the top five officers are 50 years and over.

He said the last to go would be DCP Isikeli Ligairi because he was now 50.

The retirement age for civil servants including Police is 55.

One position, Assistant Commissioner Support Service, is still vacant.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said if there was no succession plan, it would be a major blow to the Force when top officers retired.

“They will be leaving the Force together with their huge leadership experience,” he said.

To prepare for this, he said he was putting in place what he called the Succession Planning 2 programme and this had resulted in some reshuffles.

The Succession Planning 2 is a process for identifying and developing people internally with the potential to fill key leadership positions in the Force when they become vacant.

From the ACP ranks the Force also had some holding positions of leadership with the ranks of senior superintendent of police (SSP) and some with the rank of superintendent of Police (SP).

According to Brigadier-General Qiliho, the plan would increase the availability of experienced and capable officers in the Force who were prepared to assume these roles as they became vacant.

He said some officers with degrees out in the field had been recalled to the headquarters to be part of the plan. Edited by Naisa Koroi

 

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