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Fiji Police Recruits: Cousins Ditch Fishing For Police Service

Kumar, Prasad make bold decisions to provide a better life for their families.
19 Jan 2020 14:18
Fiji Police Recruits: Cousins Ditch Fishing For Police Service
New Fiji Police Force recruit, Kusal Kumar (second from left, carrying baby), with his family during the passing out parade on January 17, 2020. Photo: Renu Radhika

 

The journey to put on a Police uniform has been a long and testing adventure for two cousins, who participated at the Fiji Police Force passing-out parade on Friday.

Kusal Kumar, 22, and Sonal Prasad, 21, were destined for the family business in Vunivau, Labasa, however, they made the decision to join the force and have fishing as just a leisure activity.

“Selling fish everyday was difficult. It showed us how hard it was to make a living and support the family. We then decided to join the Police force,” Mr Kumar said.

Father Jiten Kumar was a proud man. He said it was an unbelievable sight to see his son don a Police uniform.

“I have been trying to get my children out of this small business. I am happy for Kusal and I know he will make the family proud,” he said.

The former Labasa Sangam College student said he had a five-month-old daughter. He realised he needed to do something to support her better.

More so, it was one of his childhood ambitions to be a Police officer.

New Fiji Police Force recruit, Sonal Prasad (centre) with his family during the passing out parade on January 17, 2020.  Photo: Renu Radhika

New Fiji Police Force recruit, Sonal Prasad (centre) with his family during the passing out parade on January 17, 2020. Photo: Renu Radhika

Mr Kumar was a special constable for one year before applying for the recruit programme.

Mr Prasad, a former student of All Saints Secondary School, said life was tough after the death of his father.

“I have had to struggle day and night to support my family, even with the basic necessities,” he said.

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

Both cousins vowed to perform their duty with distinction, uphold the law and be of service to the public.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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