There is an under representation of other ethnicities, particularly those of Indo-Fijian descent in the Fiji Police Force and the RFMF.
This statement was made by the Minister of Defence Pio Tikoduadua at the passing out parade of Batch 66 of the Fiji Police Force after four months of intense training.
“I urge the Fiji Police Force to strive for fair representation fall our communities, especially our Indo-Fijian brothers and sisters. We have witnessed an imbalance, with too many i-Taukei in the force. It is time we address this and ensure that our security forces mirror the diversity of our nation,” he said.
“It is vital that every segment of our society sees themselves represented in those who protect and serve them. This principle of representation should be a guiding policy not only for the Police Force but also for the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.”
The minister also said including more women was vital in both institutions.
“Furthermore, gender equality within the force is not just a goal; it is a necessity. Women should constitute half of our service. The inclusion of women in our security forces brings unique perspectives, skills, and strengths that are essential for the holistic protection and understanding of our communities. In your duties, remember that you are not just upholding the law; you are also upholding the values of inclusivity, fairness, and equality.”
A total of 217 recruits successfully graduated today at the Nasova Police Barracks.
Constable 8477 Ratu Savenaca Kayawa Drauna, 23, was awarded the Baton of Honour for Basic Recruit Course 66. The former Labasa College Student from Nubu village, Nadogo is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering at the University of the South Pacific.