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Not a profession for weak hearted, recruits told

Acting Commissioner of Police, Juki Fong Chew today told 224 Police recruits that policing is not a profession for the faint or weak hearted and they will be tested and their patience pushed to its limit.

While officially welcoming 119 male officers and 105 female officers, including officers from the Tuvalu Police Service, Chew said the profession will take a toll on officers mentally, physically and spiritually.

Policing is a profession that requires complete dedication, a strong will, patience, understanding, empathy and last but not the least integrity”.

He also welcomed the ten recruits from the Tuvalu Police Service, reaffirming Fiji’s commitment to assisting its regional law enforcement partners.

“Policing is reliant on partnerships, and to keep our Pacific region safe, we need to work together. Hence the reason as to why Fiji takes pride in offering training opportunities such as this to our regional partners, through the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police, Pacific Community for Law Enforcement Cooperation, key word being cooperation.”

In light of a few negative issues confronting the organisation, the Acting Commissioner also spoke on maintaining the integrity of the policing profession.

“The Fiji Police Force is a disciplined organization. We are members of the disciplined forces, emphasis on the word discipline.”

“Do not abuse the authority that has been bestowed upon you. If you are ever in a situation where your integrity will be tested, think about your career, your institution, and most importantly your families.”

“I saw the pride on your faces as you marched in two Sundays ago. I saw how you cried tears of joy knowing that you’ve made it, and are now a member of the Fiji Police Force. I want you to make a commitment, to never let your families suffer through your actions.”

Chew also acknowledged the presence and support of the New Zealand Police Senior Advisors.

The Basic Recruits Training Certificate in Policing Level IV/Batch 67 is expected to end in June.

Reginald Chandar
Reginald Chandar
Head of News & Sports | news@fijilive.com

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