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50 Women Become Constables After Passing Out Parade

For Rakiraki lass, Shimona Nandini Jeet, this was also a present to her parents from the rural farming community in Tova in Rakiraki.
20 Oct 2019 13:07
50 Women Become Constables After Passing Out Parade
An emotional Shimona Jeet with her parents Premila Wati and Mahen Chand after Police Pass out Parade in Suva on October 18, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

 

Fifty women constables were part of the Fiji Police Force passing out parade on Friday at Nasova in Suva.

This time around the women had a separate group in the 205 personnel parade.

For many, it was a momentous occasion as they had passed the gruelling four months course.

For Rakiraki lass, Shimona Nandini Jeet, this was also a present to her parents from the rural farming community in Tova in Rakiraki.

Shimona’s father Mahend Chand was the happiest of the bunch. For him, a child of his had now been able to escape the struggles of farming and was able to secure a brighter future for herself.

“I farm cane. I have 15 acres, it is quite small and the yield does not provide me with enough to have a living I want to give my children,” he said.

“I have been trying to get my children out of farming. I am happy for Shimona, I know that she will make her family proud.

“The life of a police officer is tough but we are there to support our Shimona.”

Also part of the passing out were three cousins, Ilisapeci Tobeyaweni, Miliame Qasi and Alena Caginitoba.

It was a dream come true for these three cousins, (from left:) Ilisapeci Tobeyaweni, Miliame Qasi and Alena Caginitoba at the Police passing out parade at the Nasova Police Academy on October 18, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

It was a dream come true for these three cousins, (from left:) Ilisapeci Tobeyaweni, Miliame Qasi and Alena Caginitoba at the Police passing out parade at the Nasova Police Academy on October 18, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The three cousins had kept the family tradition of joining the police force alive.

“We are happy to have been in the recruits course together. Being family allowed us to be there and support each other,” Ilisapeci said.

Fifity women were part of two hundred and five police recurits during the Pass out Parade in Nasova on October 18, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fifity women were part of two hundred and five police recurits during the Pass out Parade in Nasova on October 18, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The Police recruits are now constables and will be transferred to various stations around the country.

Edited by Percy Kean

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