Police officers must remain apolitical: Qiolevu
October 31, 2018 6:55 pm
Police officers were reminded that if they have any desire to be a politician or join any campaign trail, they must hand in their uniform and leave the force.
Speaking to more than 600 police officers in the Southern Division yesterday, Chief of Operations ACP Maretino Qiolevu says the force is apolitical, therefore they must not get caught up in any political matters.
Qiolevu says officers must be mindful of their role on polling day.
“Prevention of or providing an effective response to any disturbances in or near a voting station or attempts to disrupt voting. Security of all election materials and particularly ballot materials while it is at the voting station and polling hub. Preventing intimidation of voters and voting station officials and around voting stations.”
ACP Qiolevu says officers will be scrutinized during this election period.
“As long as it is known that you are a police officer, there is a high level of expectation placed on you and everything you do so don’t be caught off guard. Workshops have been conducted to prepare you for your role during these election. If you have doubts ask questions.”
Qiolevu adds that come polling day, all police officers must conduct their duties accordingly and not interfere with any voter.