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EDITORIAL:Let’s Spare A Thought And A Prayer For Our Brave Men And Women In Our Police Force

Today the Fijian Police Force marks the annual Police Remembrance Day. It reminds all of us of the important role the Police play. It’s a special day for our Police
29 Sep 2017 10:17
EDITORIAL:Let’s Spare A Thought And A Prayer For Our Brave Men And Women In Our Police Force

Today the Fijian Police Force marks the annual Police Remembrance Day.

It reminds all of us of the important role the Police play.

It’s a special day for our Police because they can honour their colleagues who have died or got injured in the line of duty.

Others have died through sickness and other tragedies. Police contribution to the overall peace, security and stability of our country is significant and affects each and every one of us.

They are at the frontline, risking their lives to make sure we can sleep easy at night and when we go away our homes will be safe.

Some have lost their lives while carrying out their duty like the late Corporal Raj Kumar.

He was beaten and shot by escaping prisoners during the civil unrest that followed the 2000 coup.

He was required to work long hours at irregular intervals to help keep the peace.

During the height of the coup they had one day off in a week.

He was working at the Nausori Police Station. While on duty on a Monday night, he received a call that there were escapees at Qiolevu, Sawani.

At the site, he was confronted by the escapees.

He was first hit by a blunt object before he was shot at point blank range from the side.

That was one of the worst moments of the history of Policing in this country.

There have been other cases where Police have been attacked when they went to investigate a crime.

One of the most recent cases was in Kinoya, between Suva and Nausori, where a Police officer was attacked and injured by a group of men robbing a shop when he went to investigate.

These incidents highlight the inherent dangers in Police work.

It is not for the faint-hearted.

Those who apply to join the Police are people prepared to put their body on the line.

Police work has become more challenging and complex. Criminals today have become more sophisticated making Police work more complicated.

Community policing is a big part of Police work. Without it the traditional role of investigating crime will be a lot harder. Moreover there should be more respect for Police officers

People look up to the Police for safety, peace and inspiration in their contribution to national development.

In return we should support them when they need help, particularly in the area of crime detection and prevention.

Today, let’s spare a thought and a prayer for our brave men and women in the Police.

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