Close to 30 officers were reminded of the Commissioner of Police’s stand on the abuse of police vehicles.
Chief Operations Officer ACP Rusiate Tudravu issued the reminder to the officers from the Eastern Division earlier this week that have been chosen to undergo a drivers qualifying course.
The three week course is designed for the officers to undergo the necessary training to become authorized drivers for the institution.
ACP Tudravu said it was imperative that the officers valued and appreciated the efforts put in by the hierarchy to secure the vehicles.
“At one point there was a great need for mobility but those days are behind us now, because the Commissioner has been lobbying on our behalf to get more vehicles which the Government of the day has approved and supplied”.
“Now that we have so many vehicles at our disposal we need to care and look after them because if we don’t our ability to effectively serve the people of Fiji will be drastically affected and we can’t let that happen”.
ACP Tudravu said there were too many accidents being recorded which needed to stop.
“Qualifying from this course does not give you the authority to drive in a manner where the road rules don’t apply to you because of your uniform or because you are driving a police vehicle”.
The head of operations called on the officers to treat the vehicles as an important arm of their work.
“You and I know that the absence of vehicles our work can be challenging especially with the demands placed on our services”.
“So don’t make things any more difficult than it has to be for your Unit or Station once you are authorized to drive by abusing the use of the vehicles in your care whereby it ends up involved in an accident and it is taken away from you”.
The course is being held in partnership with the Land Transport Authority whereby officers will have to sit the mandatory Defence Driving Course Test as well in order to qualify.
The course is being held at the Police Special Response Unit in Nasinu.