After five weeks of vigorous training, twenty two officers graduated from the CID Investigators Course Level II at the Fiji Police Academy this morning.
The Course the third of its kind this year was officially closed by Chief of Investigations and Intelligence Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Henry Brown.
ACP Brown reminded the participants on their role and how it affects the organization and the country as a whole.
“There are reasons why we, as senior officers usually come to open or close such courses and that is to share with you and remind you of what is required as an officer once you leave and go back to your Units or Divisions”.
The course consisted of twenty two participants from various work units and those that were in the Cadet training as well.
ACP Brown said the role of an investigator should not be abused as is often in some cases.
“There are three issues that I need to highlight and these are respect, transparency and accountability and the mere fact that we are all part of the legal system, meaning that not one of us is above the law”.
“We are obligated to respect the Bill of Rights of the citizens as enshrined in the 2013 constitution and we must remember that we are accountable to the general public through our actions which is why we must be transparent in all levels of investigations”, he said.
Furthermore, the Assistant Commissioner also reminded his men on the proper procedures of sound investigations.
He added majority of the complaints received are against investigators and how investigations are not conducted in a fair and transparent matter.
“You have been taught to follow the chain of evidence. If you fall short, you cannot force it out of your suspects”.
“Cases that fall short of evidence, we review it, re-investigate it, and file it if there is no evidence, BUT WE DO NOT ABUSE PEOPLE!”
He urged the participants to make a difference and put their five weeks training to good use by winning back the confidence of the general public as the actions of some officers had affected the working relationship between the community and the Fiji Police Force.
Meanwhile, Police Constable 3695 Isireli Waqairalia scooped the award for being the Dux of the Course while the second and third prizes were awarded to Cadet Officers PC 4924 Kavit Kaushal Mani and WPC 4879 Losalini Rosi respectively.