No place for 'dirty cops'

Fred Wesley | Thursday, December 7, 2017
COMMISSIONER of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho has again made no bones about the fact that "dirty cops" will not be tolerated within the Fiji Police Force.

His comment comes in the wake of five police officers being charged for serious crimes last month.

The revelation was made by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions yesterday.

The charges against the police officers ranged from theft, assault causing actual bodily harm and assisting a prisoner at large.

Brig-Gen Qiliho said police officers were no different from ordinary citizens and would be treated equally.

"If they do wrong, they will be taken to task accordingly and that shows that we are not favouring police officers," he said.

"Dirty cops", he said, would be dealt with according to the law and removed from the force if found guilty.

While the ODPP statistics revealed that 67 people were charged for 59 separate incidents last month, the commissioner is not happy at all that police officers are part of the figures.

The tough stance taken by the commissioner is expected.

There has to be a demarcation line drawn in the sand.

Police officers are expected to be beyond reproach.

It isn't easy being a policeman or woman.

Expectations are quite high and standards rigid.

It is expected that officers will uphold the laws that govern our country, and would place great value on being seen as exemplary figures for Fijians.

They are expected to lead by example and stay within the laws, ensuring there is transparency and accountability.

They are expected to keep emotions in check under great pressure and stay focused on their important roles.

They are an integral part of processes and systems that are in place to ensure Fijians feel safe every day.

They help make our nation tick.

Officers who aren't able to live up to the standards expected of our men and women in blue have no place in our force.

As the commissioner said, they should be appropriately dealt with.

Fijians expect a force that is disciplined, enthusiastic, committed, and focused.

They expect a force that is not afraid to hold itself up to scrutiny.

There can be no compromises.

We need men and women who are prepared to uphold the laws of our country.

Our commissioner deserves acknowledgement for this tough stance.

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