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Minister backs Commissioner’s decision on drugs
The Minister for Defence, National Security and Policing, Inia Seruiratu, is backing Police Commissioner BrigadierGeneral Sitiveni Qiliho’s decision to dismiss officers from the Fiji Force Police if they are found to be involved with drugs.
Mr Seruiratu said the monthly statistics issued by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, regarding Police officers being charged with serious crimes, continued to put a dent in public confidence.
He highlighted this during the Fiji Police Medal Award Ceremony and the Awarding of Certificates to Batch One of 2020 Basic Recruits Course participants in Fiji Police Force Nasova Barracks yesterday. “The nationwide drug problem for one is an issue best tackled through community support,” he said. “The information has been forthcoming from the public about those involved in these illegal activities and that is a sign of their willingness to rid Fiji of this threat.” Mr Seruiratu also highlighted that the random drug tests being conducted is winning over public support.
“Officers, trust is hard to gain, but quick and easy to lose, and I plead with you not to breach the trust the Fijian people have placed on you as a member of the Fiji Police Force,” he said.
“Your uniform represents hope to all Fijians.
“It represents home to any that picks up a phone to call you for help or walks into a Police Station or Post needing assistance.” Mr Seruiratu also praised two officers, who through their selfless acts, saved the life of a man who was caught in a life threatening situation in Nadi.
He said it was an opportunity to come together and celebrate and also a day for reflection.
“It’s an opportunity for everyone to reflect and acknowledge with gratitude, the blessings of life and family, as we gather as a policing family to recognise the efforts and achievements of the recipients today,” he said.
“To the medal recipients – you stand here today proving you are worthy of the medal you received today as you have withstood most challenges thrown at you – and have come out on top with an unblemished record under your belt.”
More than 140 officers graduated from the 2020 Basic Recruits Course.
Police recruits at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori on July 16, 2020.