January 31, 2017 12:36 pm

Officer awarded certificate for bravery

Detective Constable Krishan Keshwan of Valelevu Police was awarded a certificate of commendation for his brave actions which led to the successful arrest of a robbery suspect last year.

DC Keshwan was struck on the head during an attempted robbery at a shop in Valelevu last November and sustained serious injuries.

Crime officer Inspector Isoa Natui (left) with Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho and DC Krishan Keshwan.
Crime officer Inspector Isoa Natui (left) with Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho and DC Krishan Keshwan.

The Commissioner of Police, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said DC Keshwan’s actions was indicative of the dangers thousands of police officers face on a daily basis.

“Your actions showed the instincts police officers have and you are going to carry that scar for the rest of your life, a memory of your act of bravery and your commitment to your calling as a police officer”.

DC Keshwan said instincts immediately took over when he was confronted with the situation on that fateful day in November.

“Working in the crime section, we spend a lot of time tracing and following leads after a crime is committed. However, on that day, the suspect was standing right in front me at the scene, so I had to stop him there and then”.

The 29-year-old sustained serious injuries after he was struck on the head with a knife.

“I joined the force four years ago with a passion for being a criminal investigator, and if I face another similar situation I can’t say that I will put myself in harm’s way or not, but when you catch a criminal at the scene you don’t want to lose the opportunity”.