Acting Commissioner of Police, Juki Fong Chew has called on police inspectors and corporals to change their mindset and understand their roles as leaders.
While opening the one month Inspector and Corporal Qualifying Courses, Chew says their minds have always been taught or programmed to think that a Police Constable, Corporal or anyone who is not tagged to a managerial post is not a leader.
He says policing is a profession where they are expected to make decisions on the go.
Chew says at times they will not have the luxury of time to refer back to their Unit Commanders for advice, and have to make a decision in what could be a life or death situation.
The Acting Commissioner says their ability to make a decision on their own, makes them a leader.
Chew says promotions are not only linked to higher ranks, but increased levels of accountability.
He also says promotions, while it equates to better perks and more take home pay, he hopes that it will also be reflective of the work they do.
For the next four weeks the officers will be provided the tools to prepare them to take on the additional responsibility that they will shoulder once promoted or confirmed to the rank.
Chew has urged the officers never to lose focus on their roles and responsibilities as law enforcement officers. 28 officers are attending the Inspector Course and 43 for the Corporal Qualifying Course at the Fiji Police Academy.
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