Meet 22 year old Police Recruit Pelasio Komailevuka who hails from Natokalau, Levuka and was brought up in his mother’s village at Tokou in Levuka.
Police Constable Komailevuka is now realizing his dream of becoming a Police Officer as he is now into the second week of the Basic Recruit Course at the Fiji Police Academy in Nasova.
Looking back at his childhood, the 22 year old admits that his journey to Nasova has not been an easy one.
Being the ninth child in a family of thirteen, PC Komailevuka admits that his parents struggled to put food on the table every day.
A major roadblock on his journey was the passing of his father just as he was about to sit for his Fiji School Leaving Certificate Examination in 2018 while attending Levuka Public School.
After completing form seven, he enrolled in a Human Resource Course at the Fiji National University (FNU).
Midway through his studies he was asked to put his studies on hold and look for a job to assist his mother in supporting his siblings who were still in school.
Though it was a tough decision to make, he left his studies and joined a security company in Suva.
“It wasn’t an easy decision but I had no other choice because I wanted to help my mother.
Despite the hardships I went through, I continue to have faith in God knowing that he has better plans for me".
He believed that it was God’s plan that saw him attend the Police recruitment drive in 2020 at Navua.
As the Covid-19 pandemic delayed the recruitment process, he went back to the village, engaged in farming and continued to pray and engage himself in community work.
He said the 5th of February changed his life.
“I will never forget that day when my name appeared on the list, my mother was so emotional.
She hugged and thanked me for being faithful”.
Another obstacle he had to endure were the items in the BRC kit list which was required by the Fiji Police Academy.
The 22 year old wasted no time and went to work in a pig farm owned by his uncle at Baulevu in Nausori.
“I've never lost hope and continued to have faith in God in providing a better life for my younger siblings and mother".
He said, "My main focus is on completing the Basic Recruitment Course".
“I can't wait to see the look on my younger siblings and my mother’s face when I march out from Nasova Ground as one of the graduates of Batch 63.”
The Basic Recruits Course Batch 63 was officially opened by the Deputy Commissioner of Police Itendra Nair.