Fiji Police women trio deployed to UNMISS

The four officers with Police Commissioner Brig-Gen Sitiveni Qiliho. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Fiji Police has almost doubled its quota of the number of women officers to serve under the UN banner.

This after the latest deployment of three women officers for a tour of duty with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan(UNMISS).

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the Fiji Police Force was expected to meet a threshold of 20 per cent of the number of women police officers to serve under the UN mission banner.

And following this latest deployment, she says close to 40 per cent of the officers currently on the mission are women.

W/Sgt Makitala Masira, W/PC Sainimere Tagayawa Vula, WPC Shiwani Sital and PC Tevita Gave left Fiji at the weekend.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho emphasised the importance of upholding professionalism at all times.

“The opportunity to serve under the United Nations banner is one sought after by many of your comrades and with an increasing demand for more women officers, we are hoping to send more women as new UN mission areas open up,” Brig-Gen Qiliho said.

“Fiji continues to be regarded highly for their roles as trusted and friendly peacekeepers, and it’s a reputation that we need to maintain for the sake of your comrades as all reports of ill-discipline will not only reflect negatively on the institution but the nation,” he added.

At present, 12 of the 27 police officers are serving under UNMISS, UNAMID and with the RFMF sanctioned mission, while two senior women officers are on secondment with UNMISS.

The four officers departed Fiji on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

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