Woman Constable Cilia Tawakedrau was declared the Commandant’s Book Prize Winner during the Batch 63 Passout Parade today after attaining the highest academic score during the Basic Recruits Course.
WPC Tawakedrau who hails from Nasinu, Navatu in Cakaudrove with maternal links to Naivuruvuru Village in Verata, Tailevu says her biggest inspiration in pursuing a career in law enforcement was her family.
“When I was a little girl, I used to admire the uniform which was worn by my late grandfather who was a Police Officer based at Korovou Police Station.
I also wanted to follow my grandfather’s footsteps and I only wish that he was around to witness the Passout parade and what I have achieved”.
“He passed away in June last year and I just wished I had a way to let him know that I followed my dreams, I made it and he was the reason behind it”.
“I can’t wait to get home.
The thought of being awarded the Book Prize hasn’t really sunk in yet but I had to work hard in order to achieve this.
We have a lot of capable people in our batch and I consider myself lucky to have come out on top.”
WPC Tawakedrau said while the training was tough, she has learned a lot and has formed a lifelong bond with her fellow Batch members.
“It’s a rewarding career and it's even fun while doing the Basic Recruit Training.
My colleagues who are undergoing this same recruitment are now my family for life,” said WPC Cilia.