Police Repeals ‘Harsh’ Policy On Extra Marital Affairs

The Fiji Police Force has re­pealed the extra marital af­fairs policy.
21 May 2023 08:00
Police Repeals ‘Harsh’ Policy On Extra Marital Affairs
Acting Commissioner of Police, Juki Fong Chew. Photo: FPF Media

The Fiji Police Force has re­pealed the extra marital af­fairs policy.

This was confirmed by the Acting Commissioner of Police Juki Fong Chew.

He said the policy was harsh in terminating officers whom the force had invested in training, allow­ances, clothing and other materials and with years of service was be­ing thrown away when terminating those officers.

He said any report lodged to them about an officer’s extramarital af­fair will be investigated if and found to be true the officer would be subjected to the conduct.

“To go to that extreme and termi­nate somebody’s service in the or­ganisation, we will look at it twice because it will go through a tribu­nal process as usual and the it will make recommendations to the Com­missioner of Police then the deci­sion endorsed,” Acting Commis­sioner Chew said.

“We will take it case by case. We will not treat it all the same.

“While their case will be investi­gated, they will be allowed to work. Nobody will be suspended.

“When we joined, there was no extra marital affairs policy. It was brought in by the change of lead­ership because of the institution where they came from, they had that issue.”

Acting Commissioner Chew was referring to the Repulic of Fiji Mili­tary Forces.

“When that policy came into effect, we noticed there was an increase but when the policy was not there, there was no such issue with the force.”

The Acting Commissioner said the head of the organisation could not go and tell the particular officer to do what was right or wrong.

He said it was their choice.

Leakage of confidential information:

Acting Commissioner Chew said in any organisation, leakage will happen.

“When we joined the organisation, we swore on the secrets act and the trust within the Police force,” he said.

“Information is meant for the or­ganisation only, not for the general public.

“It is sad to say that we have some officers that are leaking informa­tion. But if someone is found then the normal disciplinary process will take its course and we will deal with that particular officer.”

 Story By: Ashna Kumar



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