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Ex-Teacher Scoops Commissioner’s Award

Former secondary school teacher, To­rika Ucuucu Raguru scooped the Commission­er’s Book Prize Award dur­ing the Fiji Police Force passing-out parade at Nas­ova, Suva, yesterday. Ms Raguru of Naselai, Tailevu, said
29 Jun 2017 10:00
Ex-Teacher Scoops Commissioner’s Award
Police officer Torika Raguru during the parade on June 28, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Former secondary school teacher, To­rika Ucuucu Raguru scooped the Commission­er’s Book Prize Award dur­ing the Fiji Police Force passing-out parade at Nas­ova, Suva, yesterday.

Ms Raguru of Naselai, Tailevu, said leading the 34 female officers was indeed a challenge but she managed to pull through.

She had been teaching for the past five years but seized the opportunity last year to take up a cadet course, which was always a childhood dream.

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho, with the Baton of Honour award recipient Timoci Naqeilawa, at Nasova, Suva, on June 28, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho, with the Baton of Honour award recipient Timoci Naqeilawa, at Nasova, Suva, on June 28, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar

“I want to thank God be­cause I know He was with me through it all and despite my challenging upbringing, the support from my family was always there,” an emo­tional Ms Raguru said.

She stands ready to be posted anywhere the Force want her to go, and she en­courages all young people out there who are thinking of joining the Force to do so.

Her namesake and other family members turned up for the event yesterday.

Naqeilawa accomplishes childhood dream

A proud Torika Ucuucu Raguru with family members after the Fiji Police Force passing-out parade at Nasova, Suva, on June 28, 2017. Photo: Mere Satakala

A proud Torika Ucuucu Raguru with family members after the Fiji Police Force passing-out parade at Nasova, Suva, on June 28, 2017. Photo: Mere Satakala

It was always a childhood dream to become a Police of­ficer for Timoci Naqeilawa who took the Baton of Hon­our award yesterday.

The Nadroga native was just happy and thanked God for the achievement, his squad mentor and the support of his parents who have been there for him throughout.

“The six months training was so vigorous at first but then along the way I adapt­ed to it and was able to man­age,” an elated Naqeilawa said.

His advice to other young people who wanted to join the Police Force: “Aim high, shoot for the moon and if you miss you’ll land among the stars, but keep on keeping on.

“I’m ready to be posted and serve anywhere the Force will want me.”

He was among 130 new re­cruits who were part of the passing-out parade at the Fiji Police Force Training Academy in Nasova yes­terday.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

Feedback: mere.satakala@fijisun.com.fj

 



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