25 Sep 2013

FLP calls for Fiji police to be headed by police officer, not military

7:01 pm on 25 September 2013

The Fiji Labour Party has called for the appointment of a professional career police officer as the next police commissioner.

This follows a report that the contract of Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua as head of the police has expired.

The FLP says the practice of appointing military personnel lacking in experience, training and qualifications to senior positions in the police force must stop.

It says it has done immense damage to the morale and professional competence of the force, not to mention its command structure.

The Fiji police has been led by military officers since June 2007 when the deputy military commander, Captain Esala Teleni, was given preference for the job over two applications from within the police.