Photo: Force Inspector General ACP Isikeli Vuniwaqa and Commissioner of Police Ben Groenewald with RAMSI bound officers IP Hungat Naicker & IP Isikeli Manavure following their i-tatau at Police HQ.
While families in the country gear up for the festive season, two Police families will have to celebrate theirs without their fathers.
Inspector of Police (IP) Isikeli Manavure and (IP) Hangat Vijay Naicker will be leaving this Saturday for a tour of duty with the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
It will be the first overseas mission for IP Hangat who is based at the Fiji Police Academy and says he is eagerly looking forward to the new challenge of serving in another country.
While he acknowledged the Force for giving him the green light to go, he stressed that he will miss his family since this will be his first Diwali Celebration away from home.
Having more experience serving overseas than his colleague, IP Isikeli said being away from his family during occasions such as Christmas and New Year will be difficult especially for his children.
IP Isikeli who is based at the Fiji Police Command and Coordination Center at the Central Police Station said they are honored at the appointment and they will be flying both the country and the Fiji Police flag with pride while on duty in the Solomon Islands.
The two officers will first fly to Canberra, Australia where they will undergo seven weeks of intensive training before heading to the Solomon Islands.
The two officers presented their “I-Tatau” to the Commissioner of Police Benardus Groenewald who acknowledged them for their services and wished them the very best for their year of duty with RAMSI.
There are a total of 63 Fiji Police Officers who are currently serving in mission areas in Liberia, Dafur, Sinai and South Sudan for the United Nations.