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Min­is­ter backs Com­mis­sioner’s de­ci­sion on drugs

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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.

Photo: Ron­ald Kumar

Po­lice re­cruits at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nau­sori on July 16, 2020.

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