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From Street Kid To Police Officer

Although he was exposed to criminal elements while living on the streets, he said he steered clear from committing any crime after he found refuge volunteering at the Suva Market Police Post.
12 Sep 2020 12:24
From Street Kid To Police Officer
Proud parents, Pita and Salute hug their elders son, Isikeli Lomelume 21 following the Police basic recruit passout parade at Nasova ground on September 11, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Former street kid Isikeli Lumelume has defied all odds to join the Fiji Police Force as a Police Constable.

Two years ago, after a small disagreement with his family, Mr Lumelume packed his things and left home.

Although he was exposed to criminal elements while living on the streets, he said he steered clear from committing any crime after he found refuge volunteering at the Suva Market Police Post.

“Even though I was away from home as a street kid, I did not stop thinking about my family. They were always on my mind and I wanted to do something in life as a career to make them proud,” he said.

In his teenage years as a student at Marist Brothers High School, he excelled in rugby; a skill that would one day afford him a chance to rise above his circumstances.

“The turning point for me and one of the biggest challenges I faced on the streets was having no money. Everything costs money nowadays, we even have to pay to use the toilet or to take a shower.”

He said at his lowest point the Senior Officers in Suva never lost hope in him.

“I was introduced to the Police Force through rugby. While I was out on the streets, I attended rugby training every afternoon and then I joined the Police rugby club. A year later I became a Special Constable,” he said.

“My ambition was to become a doctor, but I know God has his own plans for me.”

Moving forward Mr Lumelume said he would capitalize on his experiences on the streets to reach out to street kids and advise and mentor them to stay away from crimes.

“We are like a jack-of-all-trades when we go out in uniform; we are peacemakers. Seeing people roam around in town makes me emotional because I’ve been there, and I thank God for this opportunity for me.”

Mr Lumelume hails from Nasolo Village in Ba and has maternal links to Kadavu.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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