They traded in their black and white rugby attire for the black and white police uniform to raise awareness for the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Day at the Christian Mission Fellowship Primary School on Thursday.
Accompanying a community policing team from the Southern Division were Special Constables Samisoni Viriviri and Joeli Lutumailagi who caught the students and teachers by surprise.
Police Spokesperson Inspector Jokatama Qio highlighted the concerns Police had on the involvement of young people in drug related offences.
“As we mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Day we want you to know that we care about you as the future leaders of Fiji and we want you to know all about the devastating effects of drug use as we don't want you to get caught in the vicious cycle”.
He stressed it was important to talk about substance abuse rather than resorting to other counsel.
“Our duty is to equip you with all the knowledge you need to safeguard yourself from the temptations that are out there in the world”.
“Drug use leads to a lot of social problems and for you as a student your education is affected because you start to miss school, make poor decisions, lose focus or concentration and all this will eventually build up to much bigger issues that will disrupt your chance at learning”.
Meanwhile in addressing the students, SC Viriviri encouraged students to work towards their dreams.
“Once you've set your goal in life, focus and work hard and don't let things like substance abuse distract you from your achieving your dream”.
SC Lutumailagi also encouraged the students to develop their talents.
“I know some of you have talents in other fields so you must never be afraid to use them because we cant all be lawyers or doctors so don’t be discouraged if you don’t do well as there are always other opportunities available”.