The Fiji Police Force during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic had a "casualty rate" of 700, however officers rallied together and made personal sacrifices to ensure operations were not affected, and to be acknowledged for that is truly appreciated.
The Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho while receiving a $10,000 sponsorship from Vinod Patel for the Fiji Police Sukuna Soccer Team on Friday, said there was another side of policing that was not known to many.
The head of the Fiji Police Force while conveying his appreciation to Vinod Patel‘s Chief Operations Officer Mr Neelesh Singh, said members of the Force are often criticized for the work they do, and are always remembered for the bad and not the good.
Vinod Patel’s Chief Operating Officer Neelesh Pal Singh paid tribute to the sacrifices made by members of the Fiji Police Force and families during the pandemic.
He said deciding to sponsor the Police Soccer team was an easy decision made by Company Executives as a show of appreciation for the work conducted during Fiji's battle against the pandemic.
Mr Singh also acknowledged families of serving police officers for their patience and sacrifice during the pandemic.
Brigadier General Qiliho officers had to work longer hours, take over Stations and Unit's when everyone at the impacted Station or Unit had to go into mandatory isolation, operate from work bubbles which meant separation from families and this was the other side of policing that was not widely known.
He said Police officers were unfortunately still seen as the enemy despite the many challenges encountered when more than 700 members tested positive for COVID, but despite the criticisms, they will continue to do their utmost best to serve and protect.
The defending Champions will go into the 2021 FMF Foods Limited Ratu Sukuna Soccer Tournament as the Vinod Patel Police Soccer Team. Vinod Patel has also pledged to continue supporting the Police Soccer Team in 2022.
The main rugby and soccer matcges will be held on the 17th of December at the ANZ Suva and aired live on FBC Sports Overseas viewers will be able to watch for $15USD on the FBC Pop Up pay per view channel.