Be worthy of the uniform you now wear. This was the message from Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka to about 40 new graduates, including nine women, who made it through the initial crop of 52 selected for officer training.
The graduates had a passing-out parade at the Naboro Corrections Facility yesterday. Mr Rabuka said over the past 10 weeks, the graduates had learnt many aspects of training, including English proficiency, psychological assessment, institution orientation, medical testing and fitness.
“Stand tall. You’ve gone through the mill,” he advised. “You’ve gone through the training. You should be proud that you now wear that uniform and the nation looks to you. “The nation looks to you to look after those who come here for corrections and be reabsorbed back into society.
“Be proud even more of the responsibility that the nation is placing upon your shoulders to help rehabilitate those who are put under your care through the investigative, prosecution and judgment of the court.
“Then they are brought here for you to look after them as they re-orientate back to civil life out of this establishment. Be proud of who you are, but be more proud of what the nation expects of you.”
He said although the graduates may have concluded their training, they should not stop learning.
“Be worthy of the uniform you wear, be worthy of the badges you are going to be earning as you progress through your career, be worthy of the men and women under your command, and be loyal to the nation you serve.”
He also urged the officers to keep Section 13 of the Bill Rights — which deals with the rights of arrested and detained persons — in mind and urged them to carry out their duty responsibly, and abiding by the Constitution.