Two women officers who make up the 13 member United Nations and African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) contingent say they are ready for the challenge of policing in a new environment.

UNAMID will be the first tour for Woman Detective Constable Ateshni Askika Ram and Woman Police Constable Ilisabeta Iliana.

WDC Ateshni who is based at the Nausori Police Station says she has prepared well for the year away from home adding her family has given her their full blessings.

“I have two children and I will surely miss them and they know that I will be away for a long time and it’s great that they understand the nature of my work which makes me determined to do my very best”.

For WPC Iliana who has spent the last 11 years in the Force, leaving her family and her 9 children behind will also be difficult.

“My youngest are twin three year old girls and while I have been away for a long period for work, this will be the longest time away from home and we have prepared them well to know that this is the life of a police officer where the call to serve can either be here at home or in a different part of the world”.

The deployment of the two women also means that the Fiji Police Force has continuously met its quota for the number of female officers deployed for various UN missions.

The contingent presented their i-tatau to Assistant Commissioner of Police Luke Navela who reminded them of the importance of preserving the image and reputation of the Fiji Police Force and more importantly the country.

“The UN is very strict when it comes to the compliance of its mandates and it is constantly changing so for those of you who have gone on missions before you should know what will be required of you and it is important that you assist those who will be going for the first time”.

“Fly the Fiji flag proudly and don’t do anything that will jeopardize or tarnish our reputation in the peacekeeping world”.

More than 70 officers are currently on deployment at various UN mission areas.

The contingent departed Fiji on Friday night

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