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Professionalism A Must: Seruiratu

Minister reminds 205 police recruits of the needed attitude. ‘Your input matters – and whether you join CID, Traffic, Sexual Offences or the Drugs Unit, you are playing a significant role in the maintenance of law and order, which in turn will positively impact our economy’
19 Oct 2019 13:08
Professionalism A Must: Seruiratu
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Defence and National Security Inia Seruiratu (front, middle) inspecting the 205 recruits during the Police passing-out parade at the Nasova ground in Suva on October 18, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Stay professional, maintain law and order because national security boosts investor confidence and wage a war against crime especially, those that affect morality.

This was the message to the 205 recruits, who yesterday were absorbed as regulars in the Fiji Police Force during the passing out parade at Nasova in Suva yesterday.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs Inia Seruiratu said despite the ongoing public attacks against the work of the Fiji Police Force a lot of effort had been directed towards curbing crime.

He said this had resulted in a five per cent reduction in overall crime from January to September this year.

“A one per cent reduction of serious crime was also recorded for the same period this year, and I commend you all for your hard work,” he said.

“However, I am gravely concerned about crimes against women and children and I am urging you to strengthen your Community Policing initiatives to get the community involved.”

50 women were part of 205 Police recruits during the passing-out parade at the Nasova ground in Suva on October 18, 2019. .  Photo: Ronald Kumar

50 women were part of 205 Police recruits during the passing-out parade at the Nasova ground in Suva on October 18, 2019. . Photo: Ronald Kumar

Mr Seruiratu said 10 women lost their lives at the hands of their partners this year.

“We owe it to them to be more vigorous in our approach, and gather as much support as possible, to enable our women and children to feel safe in their own homes and communities,” he said.

“These past few weeks have also been tragic for a number of families who have lost their loved ones in senseless motor vehicle accidents. I do not like to dwell too much on statistics – because of the loss of one life – is one too many.”

Mr Seruiratu highlighted that the key to economic security was national security.

“Your input matters – and whether you join CID, Traffic, Sexual Offences or the Drugs Unit, you are playing a significant role in the maintenance of law and order, which in turn will positively impact our economy, boost investor confidence and empower Fijians all over.”

A special emphasis was placed on families of Police officers and actions that could jeopardise careers.

“Before you do something that can potentially jeopardise your policing career, think about the sacrifices your families and loved ones have made for you,” Mr Seruiratu said.

“The uniform you wear represents hope for every Fijian and visitors to our shores. With the uniform comes great responsibility and while the going may get tough – keep in mind your mission to serve and protect.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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