Police officers have today been told by the Prime Minister to rid themselves of personal prejudice and serve every Fijian equally.
While speaking at the 2017 Fiji Police Force Medal Award Parade at the Nasova grounds this morning Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama issued a stern warning to police officers regarding their conduct.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama did not mince his words as reminded police officers today on professionalism.
“I’ve been made aware that some officers have disregarded their duty and failed Fijians who have sought their help and who sought justice for crimes committed against them. I’ve been made aware that some Fijians have been treated as less than full citizens by our police and I am here today to tell you that that will not be tolerated. I realise that this is the day to celebrate the best of our police force but this is an issue far too important to go unaddressed. Every man, woman and child who calls Fiji home is a Fijian and they are all entitled to every effort our police can make to keep them safe.”
Bainimarama says police officers play an important role in protecting and ensuring the safety of the public.
“Serving in our police force is not an easy job nor is it meant to be an easy job. You are the wall that protects the vulnerable from those who prey on them. You are the answer to the call for those who are in distress. You maintain order and you upload the law and you do so as governments because you are servants to the public just as I am as Prime Minister.”
Police officers were also commended for their hard work.
More than 300 police officers were recognised today at the Fiji Police Pass Out Parade in Nasova.