A fam­ily of PO­LICE of­fi­cers

Fiji Sun - - FRONT PAGE - ILAIJIA RAVUWAI Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Re­tired Po­lice In­spec­tor Taito Waqavakato­ga (mid­dle) with daugh­ter Diana Waqavakato­ga and son Waisale Waqavakato­ga fol­low­ing the Ba­sic Po­lice Re­cruit­ment pass­ing-out pa­rade at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nau­sori on July 16, 2020. Con­sta­bles Diana and Waisale come from a long line of Po­lice of­fi­cers in the fam­ily.

Serv­ing the Fiji Po­lice Force seems to run in the Waqavakato­ga fam­ily. This is af­ter sib­lings, Con­sta­bles Diana and Waisale Waqavakato­ga, were the lat­est in the fam­ily to put on Po­lice badges.

They were among Batch One of the 2020 Ba­sic Re­cruits Course grad­u­ates, who re­ceived cer­tifi­cates yes­ter­day, at the Fiji Po­lice Medal Award Cer­e­mony at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nau­sori.

Con­sta­ble Diana Waqavakato­ga, 27, said that her fa­ther, re­tired In­spec­tor Taito Waqavakato­ga, also served in the Po­lice force. Her grand­fa­ther was also a Po­lice of­fi­cer, mak­ing her and her brother third­gen­er­a­tion Po­lice of­fi­cers.

“It has al­ways been a pas­sion to serve the Fi­jian pub­lic, that’s why my brother and I en­listed a year ago,” she said.

Their fa­ther said he couldn’t be more proud of his chil­dren.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate their choices and if their mother was here she would have been proud too,” he said.

Speak­ing to the new grad­u­ates, Min­is­ter for De­fence, Na­tional Se­cu­rity and Polic­ing, Ru­ral and Mar­itime De­vel­op­ment and Disas­ter Inia Seruiratu em­pha­sised on the im­por­tance of pro­vid­ing qual­ity ser­vice to the peo­ple of Fiji.

“The Fi­jian peo­ple are not eas­ily im­pressed with gad­gets and equip­ment or a new build­ing – they are more im­pressed with a Po­lice of­fi­cer who is po­lite, cour­te­ous, at­tends to their com­plaints on time and is al­ways avail­able to help,” Mr Seruiratu said.

“You can have new Po­lice sta­tions and be the best equipped polic­ing in­sti­tu­tion, but if ser­vice delivery is poor – then it’s of no use. Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to equip­ping and re­sourc­ing the Fiji Po­lice Force. But hav­ing new and mod­ern equip­ment or new build­ings will be a waste of money if the ser­vices pro­vided to the peo­ple of Fiji, are of poor qual­ity”.

Photo: RON­ALD KUMAR

Photo: Ron­ald Kumar

Min­is­ter for De­fence, Na­tional Se­cu­rity and Polic­ing Inia Seruiratu with mem­bers of Fiji Po­lice Force fol­low­ing the pass­ing-out pa­rade 2020 at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nau­sori on July 16, 2020.

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