Con of duty
18 May, 2021, 9:30 am
Police have confirmed that a man who pretended he was a “stranded” cop and worked out of a police station in Suva for three weeks has been charged.
Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu told this newspaper the case was a “breach of our practices”.
He said police were carrying out an internal investigation into how a man impersonated a cop and “worked” out of the Raiwaqa Police Station for three weeks.
The man is alleged to have claimed that he was an officer based at the Sigatoka Police Station and was stuck in Suva.
He walked into the Raiwaqa Police Station in uniform and worked for three weeks before being caught.
“During the lockdown police officers were not allowed to move and were supposed to stay within their containment areas,” Mr Tudravu said.
“I don’t deny the fact that this opportunity was taken advantage of by this person.
“This is very unfortunate that this has happened.” He said the man had been charged with impersonating a police officer.
“We have already dealt with this issue and with a lot of things going on nationally, we decided that this case was over.”
When asked how the man obtained a police uniform, Mr Tudravu said “internal investigations are still ongoing”.
“Having said this, there was a breach of our practices.”