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Police Force has no place for negligent drivers: Tudravu

June 4, 2018 7:33 pm

The Police Force is coming down hard on their officers driving official vehicles found abusing the system and so far have terminated contracts of four officers.

Acting Deputy Commissioner ACP Rusiate Tudravu says this is due to driver’s attitude and negligence on their part that resulted in accidents that could have been avoided.

Tudravu says officers will be forced to look for a new job if damaged vehicles end up being written off or damages amount to more than $20,000.

“So your job number is to keep that vehicle well, manage it well, treat it as your own car. You bought it with your own money. Have a sense of belonging in the vehicle that you have. It’s not your father’s vehicle. It’s the government’s vehicle and we’re just custodians of the vehicle for us to use it well. Utilize it according to the purpose that it’s been given to you. I’m very clear.”

ACP Tudravu has reiterated there’s no place in the force for negligent and careless drivers.

The Force has also confirmed that fourteen officers had their contracts terminated last year for being negligent while driving official vehicles.

Meanwhile, for the first time ever, 55 police officers were yesterday issued their Permit ID’s for driving, as a formal authorization by the Police Commissioner to drive police vehicles.

These Permit ID’s will also be one of the main requirements needed for overseas missions.

More than 700 officers around the country are expected to receive their permit ID’s by the end of this week.