Force urged to improve services

Minister for Defence Inia Seruiratu (6th from left) with police and business house representatives pose for a photo in front of the artist impression of the New Nadi Police Station during the ground breaking ceremony on Friday, March 15, 2019. Picture: REINAL CHAND

AS new police stations begin to take shape across the country, Minister for Defence Inia Seruiratu urged the Fiji Police Force to ensure services also improved.

While officiating at the ground breaking ceremony of the new Nadi Police Station last week, he said it would be incumbent on the Police Force to ensure the structures were not merely a fa├žade.

“The Fiji Police Force is an institution that many love to hate,” he said. “Some for personal reasons while some are genuine due to the laxity of a few.”

He said having new resources would be futile if police officers did not meet their responsibilities.

“The Government has and continues to provide the Fiji Police Force with the necessary support through the provision of vehicles, operational resources and soon similar ground-breaking ceremonies will be held in other divisions which are in urgent need of new police stations such as Nakasi.

“Having new vehicles, new office complexes and new resources will be futile if your heart does not acknowledge that your life and time belong to others and that you are here to serve.

“The saying ‘honesty is the foundation for trust, you can’t have one without the other’ is the most appropriate for anyone who has committed their life to service.”

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