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Fiji Police Force farewells longstanding officers

The Fiji Police Force paid tribute to ASP Sakiusa Tikotani and ASP Setaita Tikotani, one of the force’s many couples who have served in the Fiji Police Force. Mr Tikotani is known by many as the former head of the popular Fiji Police Band while Mrs Tikotani was the head of the Tourist Police Unit before […]

Salote Qalubau

July 31, 2016 5:30 am

The Fiji Police Force paid tribute to ASP Sakiusa Tikotani and ASP Setaita Tikotani, one of the force’s many couples who have served in the Fiji Police Force.

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ASP Setaita Tikotani (left),Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho and ASP Sakiusa Tikotani during the farewell service. (Fiji Police Force)

Mr Tikotani is known by many as the former head of the popular Fiji Police Band while Mrs Tikotani was the head of the Tourist Police Unit before serving the remainder of her months at Police Headquarters.

Both have dedicated more than 70 years of service to the force.

The two crossed paths after Mr Tikotani enlisted in the Fiji Force on 5th March 1979 while Mrs Tikotani joined a year later.

TIKOTANI: “We are grateful to the Fiji Police Force, because everything we have learned during the course of our duties has prepared us well for our retirement.We can assure you Sir, that we will always be there for the Fiji Police Force in supporting the mission and vision and everything the Government of the day expects of our institution.”

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ASP Sakiusa Tikotani receives an award from the Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho during the farewell service. (Fiji Police Force)

Stamping their mark on the sporting front, Mr Tikotani represented Fiji Police rugby in both 7’s and 15’s, and this also included the prestigious Ratu Sukuna Bowl challenge and also holding the position of  manager for both the Police 7’s and 15’s teams while Mrs Tikotani represented the force in Netball, Volleyball and later becoming the first female officer to become a dual international representative for Fiji in both sports.

Mr Tikotani’s record of achievements in the force included serving at the Totogo Police Station, Nausori Police Station and the Fiji Police Academy, Divisional Operations Officer Eastern, Camp Commandant as well as serving overseas in Kosovo before his final post as the Officer in Charge of the Police Band Unit.

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ASP Setaita Tikotani receives a certificate of appreciation from the Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho during the farewell service. (Fiji Police Force)

Mrs Tikotani, on the other hand, has served in various posts at Police Headquarters, the Police Academy, Forensic Laboratory, Internal Affairs, Force Chaplain Office, Central Registry and Welfare Officer.

She also held the post of Station Officer Nakasi Police Station, Officer in Charge for Lomaiviti police station and the Tourist Police Unit.

In farewelling the two, Brigadier General Qiliho said the Force was losing two officers who had served faithfully and diligently to their calling however he was optimistic their relationship with the institution would remain constant.

QILIHO: “While today’s farewell will mark the end of your working career, I do hope it will not mean the end to your relationship with the institution as we look forward to your continuous support. I’ve come to quickly realize that work here can sometimes be unappreciated by the people we serve and they are quick to jump on any negative issues, but the fact that you have remained loyal throughout all of this is something both I and the institution will continue to appreciate.”

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