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Psychologist Included In Police Recruitment Programme Stage

“Because it is a psychologi­cal issue for us now to prepare Police officers for a volatile en­vironment,” SSP Lutunauga said.
31 Jan 2019 10:00
Psychologist Included In Police Recruitment Programme Stage
Front from left: SSP Aporosa Lutunauga, Deputy Police Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu and SP Mahendra Shiyam and Committee chairperson Alex O’Connor on January 29, 2019. Photo: Parliament of Fiji

Under its new reform, the Fiji Police Force has set a mandate to employ a psychologist who is included in their recruitment system.

Senior Superintendent of Po­lice Aporosa Lutunauga made the comment during the Fiji Police Force’s 2016 Annual Report to the Standing Com­mittee on Foreign Affairs and Defence on Tuesday.

“Because it is a psychologi­cal issue for us now to prepare Police officers for a volatile en­vironment,” SSP Lutunauga said.

In his submissions the Na­tional Federation Party (NFP) Member of Parliament Pio Tikoduadua commended the Commissioner of Police and the force for their hard work and questioned Mr Tudravu on what was being done to help raise the standard of pro­fessionalism within the force.

He said cases of alleged as­sault on accused persons by Police officers continued to surface and contributed to moulding public opinion.

In response ACP Tudravu said that it was a challenge they were currently facing and were looking into.

“In the last five to ten years the trend of criminal activ­ity and security landscape has changed a lot and it has also pushed Police officers to the limit,” ACP Tudravu said.

“It is an issue. It is a chal­lenge and we are trying our efforts to mould professional Police officers who can control themselves.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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