"A few months ago, i laid down the challenge for you, and i am glad to be here tonight to see that challenge being fulfilled."
These were the words of the Commissioner of Police Brig-Gen Ioane Naivalurua during the Southern Division Prosecutions Awards night last Friday at the Suva Bowling Club.
Six police prosecutors were awarded for their outstanding performance in the last quarter where the Souther Division recorded a 94% successful prosecutions rate.
The figures are for the January-July operations of the Unit only within the Southern Division which covers the area from Navua, through Suva to Nakasi within the Suva-Nausori corridor and up to Colo-I-Suva bordering on Naitasiri. Out to the maritime zones, the Southern Division also covers Kadavu and the Lau Group and Rotuma, making it the biggest area of operations in the Police Force. "I am very happy indeed to be here tonite, simply because you have reason to celebrate and recognise excellence and a return of dividends and investment to the government of the day,'' Mr Naivalurua added.
"We need to change our philosophy and ensure that we're making a difference in our communities and in our daily work.
"We must continue to uphold productivity, accountability and transparency. You must be proud that you have done what many others have not."
Family members and friends watched as the six men were commended for their prosecution work.
The families of the men were continually thanked throughout the evening as the shoulder of strength for all officers to conduct their duties effectively.
PC 4005 Sanjeet Chand received the award for Best Registry Clerk. He joined the force in 2006, recognised as a self starter, and one that hardly complained and held the record for having a 100 per cent in file registration. PC 2225 Laisenia Koto received the award for Best Warrant Officer. He joined the force in 1991 he was pointed out as a faithful and honest worker.
Sergeant 1982 Feroz Khan received the award for Best Non-Commissioned officer. He joined the force in 1989 and noted as a person who carried out duties with high professionalism.
Prosecution officer Semi Cakausese received the award for Best Administrator for having successfully handled over 2000 criminal cases to date since he joined the Force in 1987.
Navua Special Constable Freddy Pene received the award for Best Special Constable. He joined the force in 1990 Mr Pene was nominated by co-workers as a reliable and mature person with a good sense of humour. The six received their awards which consisted of a certificate and gift packs from of the Digicel, Purple Haze Nightclub and Birdland Nightclub -sponsors of the event.
Entertainment was provided by the Police Jazz Band.