Posted By Staff Reporter
By Anthony Wagambie - Acting Assistant Commissioner NCD & Central.
There has been a lot of mud slinging at Police in recent times.
I want to remind all members of the Constabulary that we are members of a Royal institution. We have sworn an oath to protect and preserve justice for our people.
We are here to serve and not be served.
We come from a proud and colorful history. Our forefathers, the original jumper and zulu brought services into the most rural places of this country. They stood side by side and fought off enemies in World War 2. Our Police Force has ensured the freedom and gradual development of our country to where it is today.
We are more than 100 years old.
I know there are many internal issues which need attention. Our welfare continues to be something which is a hindrance. Lack of housing, rundown police facilities, logistical shortage and so forth, but we have and we will continue to overcome this if we have the heart. We have always had big hearts. As those of us in the operational front say, " we are Jacks of all trades" we make it happen. Those serving in more rural settings will relate.
We have to with all we can, win back the lost trust and confidence from the public we serve.
Let's bring back the glory days when we were respected and trusted.
We are living in a fast changing technological world. Everything that we do will be monitored by the public. Whether it be positive or negative. These are the same challenges faced by Police all over the world. We must be mindful of our conduct when carrying out our duties.
Policing is not an easy as it seems. We deal with human beings. Attitude of those we deal with will always be a challenge to us. However, let us exercise restraint and professionalism.
For the NCD /Central Command, I am still familiarising and working my way through with the Metropolitan Superintendent, PPC Central, officers and NCOs. Once I am settled, we will approach this as a team.
Once we are done with NCD we will work on Central province Police.
We are looking at providing a much more effective police and disciplined police service.
We had a planning meeting last week for NCD with Metropolitan Commander Perou and his senior officers. Chief Superintendent Dr Philip Mitna and Chief Inspector Steven Francis from Police HQ joined us to assist in drawing up a plan on exactly how we should go about this.
My challenge to every police personnel is, what can we do today to create a Police Force that will serve us well when we exit.
Being in uniform is only one chapter of our life. We will eventually leave the force to carryon another chapter in life.
How do we want the Police Force to serve us when we are outside? All members, we have the opportunity now to make a change. Let's create a Police culture that will be passed on to those after us who will serve us well when we are civilians.
All members keep your head high and have pride in the uniform you wear. Being a Police officer is a noble profession.
I ask for your dedication, commitment and discipline. Senior members, lead your junior members well.
There are so many good deeds which we have done that go unnoticed. Let's keep on striving to make our Constabulary the best in the South Pacific. As long as we start first and show that we are serious, then assistance will come. Let us not be the cart before the horse but be the horse before the cart.
We have an important role in Nation building. Do it for yourself, do it for your children, do it for your family and do it for our country.
I call on all personnel to make a change for the better. Together we will change the image of our Constabulary. Together we will create a Constabulary that will serve us well, after we have served our time and exited into the community.
On that front, I ask that we take ownership of this Constabulary. We are part of the community so we must make it better for all of us.
God Bless you all.