Fiji Police Recruits: Attorney-General Reminds Recruits Of Their Role

He says Govt’s $125 million investment to restructure the Force was one of the many reasons many were entering as constables.
18 Jan 2020 12:51
Fiji Police Recruits: Attorney-General Reminds Recruits Of Their Role
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum inspects the Fiji Police Force passing-out parade at the Vodafone Arena in Suva on January 17, 2020. Photo: DEPTFO News

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the role of the Police is to look after the security and safety of the people.

He said that was the reason why the Government had invested in the Police Force. He made the remarks during the passing-out parade of 243 new recruits yesterday at the Vodafone Dome in Laucala Bay, Suva.

He said the Government had provided proper equipment with relevant training and legal protection to ensure safety as they carried out their role.

“Currently the Government is carrying out a $125 million restructure of the Fiji Police Force, which is the reason many officers today are entering the Police ranks as full-time constables,” he said

“A few years ago, the salary of Fijian Police constables was about $5000 to $6000 per year. Today the officers who are entering the Fiji Police Force on full time basis, their salaries stand between $16,000 to $18,000 a year.”

He said this year $177.7m was allocated to the Police Force, adding that the Government believed the Police deserved this investment.

He reminded the officers that when they donned their uniform as full-time constables, they must carry out their work with dedication and courage.

“You must also exemplify the same brand of courage every day of your service in everything you do,” he said.

He also acknowledged how the crime statistics in certain areas had dropped, through the help of the Police, but noted how crimes in other areas had increased.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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