“We have officers who should not be here, ones that have taken advantage of their positions, who need to be corrected. We have rotten officers and if they can't change, we can always ask them to go."
|ON PARADE AND SHOW: Naivalurua (top) and (below) officers pledge to heed call to sharpen up. pictures FijiLIve.|
Police commissioner, Ioane Naivalurua, has gone eyeball to eyeball with his men, urging excellence while admitting to 'rotten officers' in the midst.
Following behind the 3FIR's parade and show of strength on Monday, Naivalurua today flexed his muscle during an early morning 700-strong parade of officers.
During the exercise in Suva, he called for "excellence in everything,” reminding the men of his commitment to "improving the image and reputation of the Fiji Police Force and to transform the institution into a good, honest and trusted one.”
Yet, Naivalurua continues to get stick from critics, with police moles revealing abuses and corruption.
Today, Naivalurua touched on those ugly flaws in the force, admitting his concern at the ill-discipline.
"We still have officers who have blatantly disregard rules and regulations, broken rules and have taken advantage of their positions,” he said.
“Some have even abused their powers and authority and our Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) have ruled against us. It has shown an increase of 30 per cent from the targeted 17.5 per cent and it is a concern."
He said: “We have officers who should not be here, lack the knowledge and ill discipline ones that need to be corrected and straightened. We also have rotten officers and if they can't change their attitude towards improving the image of the Police Force, we can always ask them to go."
Naivalurua, who certainly hasn't been shy to promote his own missus (remember, she supplied the pot plants to the police stations and sold fruit juice to officers), today also urged married male officers to appreciate their wives.