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Long Road For Tuimavana Brothers To Become Police Constables

It has been a hard road for brothers Sakiusa, 43, and Ilaisa Tuimavana, 37, to get to where they are today as Police Constables. But that journey brought them to successfully complete their two months basic recruitment training and graduate with 257 other officers at the passing-out parade at the Fiji Police Academy in Nasova, yesterday.
12 Sep 2020 13:32
Long Road For Tuimavana Brothers To Become Police Constables
Brothers Iliasa Tuimavana (left) and Sakiusa Tuimavana following the Police basic recruit passing out parade at Nasova ground on September 11, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

It has been a hard road for brothers Sakiusa, 43, and Ilaisa Tuimavana, 37, to get to where they are today as Police Constables.

But that journey brought them to successfully complete their two months basic recruitment training and graduate with 257 other officers at the passing-out parade at the Fiji Police Academy in Nasova, yesterday.

“Life has not been a bed of roses growing up, but God has always been faithful,” Ilaisa said.

Originally from Cautata, Bau in the Tailevu Province, the duo yesterday recalled the struggles they faced as they were raised by their single mother, giving them the push to endure in life.

Their mother, 71 year-old Timaima Tuimavana, was also present at the passing-out parade to witness her sons graduate yesterday.

Mr Ilaisa Tuimavana, said: “Growing up I knew how it felt like to have no food at the table and nothing at all to survive on, but that did not alter the course of trying my best to becoming a man in blue.”

He said he joined the Fiji Police Force in 2009 and had remained a Special Constable for 10 years before being shortlisted to undergo the Basic Recruitment training at the beginning of this year.

“It has been a long journey, at times I had questioned the length of time I had spent in the force as a special constable, but that did not make me lose focus on my aim to one day pass out as a police constable.”

Sakiusa said: “When things got tough during our training, I told myself I came here for a reason and I will achieve that purpose,” he said.

 

Commissioner on duty

In an impassioned speech, Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said there were a lot of proud and arrogant Police officers nowadays.

“I will be very serious here when we talk about our customer service, that uniform you are wearing does not give you any absolute power to abuse it,” he said.

“Don’t ever forget the reason why we exist, which is to serve. I expect quality service delivery. No more, no less. You are all ambassadors of the Fiji Police Force.

“Live, breath and bleed policing. It is a chosen career.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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