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SSP Babakoro 35 Years Of Service Ends

Getting the opportunity to try on a Police uniform while still in secondary school was just the motivation for Senior Superintendent of Police Selesitino Babakoro to join the Fiji Police
28 Dec 2016 11:00
SSP Babakoro 35 Years Of Service Ends
Senior Superintendent of Police Selesitino Babakoro. Photo: Police Media Cell

Getting the opportunity to try on a Police uniform while still in secondary school was just the motivation for Senior Superintendent of Police Selesitino Babakoro to join the Fiji Police Force.

“While I was at St John’s College in Cawaci a friend who was an officer then, came to visit and I asked to try on his uniform which he allowed, and from the minute I put it on, I immediately knew that I wanted to become a Police officer”.

SSP Babakoro was farewelled by the Fiji Police Force last week after 35 years of service and the outgoing director of Internal Affairs said it was time to take a much needed break.

“Being a Police officer is all I have ever known and since I marched in back in 1981 and while it will take time to get used to life out of uniform, I believe the time is right to move on and enjoy what has been a wonderful journey full of memories that I will cherish forever.”

SSP Babakoro had spent majority of his policing career with the Criminal Investigations department before taking up roles such as theDeputy and Divisional Police Commander Southern.

He has also served as the Station officer for various stations in outer islands, before finally taking up the director Internal Affairs role heading the unit responsible for investigating complaints against Police and service.

Having taken up the task of investigating his own comrades, SSP Babakoro believes the way forward in reducing complaints against officers would be humility.

“Officers today need to be humble and ask for assistance when they do not know what to do and this is one of the main reasons as to why we are receiving complaints because officers are not understanding and applying the basics of Policing.

“When you do the right thing within the ambits of the law there won’t be any problem, the minute you work beyond the perimeters of the law that is when you will find yourself in trouble.”

SSP Babakoro who hails from Somosomo, Taveuni said the life of a Police officer was one where you could be deployed in a situation where supervision would be minimal, and that is where discipline becomes key.

The recently retired officer says he will be taking on the Commissioner of Police’s invitation to continue working with the institution that has been a major part of his life.

“It’s a privilege to continue assisting the Fiji Police Force especially in our capacity as retired officers and I will definitely continue to network with the Police in whatever initiative to help fight crime.”

Source: Police Media Cell

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