Health of police officers worrying: COMPOL
January 29, 2019 4:47 pm
The Police Commissioner has raised concern that he has been burying some of his officers as young as 36 and 38-years of age.
Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho reveals that a total of twenty officers have died in the last thirteen months due to health related problems.
The Police Chief says a strict health audit is carried out annually to ensure his officers are fit for duty.
Brigadier General Qiliho says this is a major concern as the loss of officers has not only affected the Force but their families as well.
“At the moment I have been burying officers at 36, 38 years old. The latest one that has just passed away is in his early 40’s. The saddest part of losing an officer is standing there at the funeral of the officer and looking at his young kids standing there motherless, fatherless at that moment.”
He says while 2018 was a successful year for the Force, the health of his officers was a major issue.
The Police Commissioner has also highlighted he will be taking disciplinary actions against officers who fail to attend the annual compulsory fitness test this year.