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Couple Farewelled

With more than 70 years of service to the Fiji Police Force between them, it was a rare occasion for the institution to farewell not only two senior officers, but
30 Jul 2016 10:35
Couple Farewelled

With more than 70 years of service to the Fiji Police Force between them, it was a rare occasion for the institution to farewell not only two senior officers, but a couple.

 

The Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho and senior officers this week farewelled ASP Sakiusa Tikotani and ASP Setaita Tikotani, one of the many couples who have served in the Fiji Police Force.

 

Mr Sakiusa Tikotani is known by many as the former head of the popular Fiji Police Band while Mrs Tikotani was the head of the Tourist Police Unit before serving the remainder of her months at Police Headquarters.

 

Like many couples in the institution today, the two met after enlisting in the Force and as they proudly say, couples are made in heaven but they needed a meeting point and theirs was the Fiji Police Force.

 

Mr Tikotani enlisted in the Fiji Force on 5th March 1979 while Mrs Tikotani joined a year later. Following the completion of their basic recruit course both have served in various formations.

 

Mr Tikotani has served at the Totogo Police Station, Nausori  Police Station and the Fiji Police Academy. During the course of his career he has served as the Divisional Operations Officer Eastern, the Camp Commandant, and has served overseas in Kosovo before his final post as the Officer in Charge of the Police Band Unit.

 

Mrs Tikotani  on the other hand has served in various posts at Police Headquarters, the Police Academy, Forensic Laboratory, Internal Affairs, Force Chaplain Office, Central Registry and Welfare Officer. She also held the post of Station Officer Nakasi Police Station, OC Lomaiviti and then finally OC Tourist Police Unit.

 

But their contribution to the institution and the nation did not just end there, as the two have also made their mark on the sporting front. Mr Tikotani represented Fiji Police rugby in both 7’s and 15’s, and this also included the prestigious Ratu Sukuna Bowl challenge. He has also been the manager for both the Police 7’s and 15’s teams.

 

 

Mrs Tikotani however not only represented Police in Netball and Volleyball, but she went on to represent Fiji on national duties and was the first female officer to become a dual international representing Fiji in both sports.

 

In farewelling the two, Brigadier General Qiliho said the Force was losing two officers who have served faithfully and diligently to their calling, and he was optimistic their relationship with the institution was not going to end.

 

“While today’s farewell will mark the end of your working career, I do hope it will not mean the end to your relationship with the institution as we look forward to your continuous support”.

 

“I’ve come to quickly realise that work here can sometimes be unappreciated by the people we serve and they are quick to jump on any negative issues, but the fact that you have remained loyal throughout all of this is something both I and the institution will continue to appreciate”.

 

Mr Tikotani assured the Commissioner of Police and senior officers of the couple’s continuous support.

 

“We are grateful to the Fiji Police Force, because everything we have learned during the course of our duties has prepared us well for our retirement’.

 

“We can assure you Sir, that we will always be there for the Fiji Police Force in supporting the mission and vision and everything the Government of the day expects of our institution”.

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