By: L.N. Reklai

August 9, 2016 (Koror) Bureau of Public Safety Patrol Division gained 3 new officers yesterday, adding to their cadre of police officers. Officers Josh Ngirasowei, Orville Arbedul and Uchelriang Ramarui received their oaths of office and badges to begin their life career as police officers.


“Welcome to the family of public safety officers.  And we are family because we look out for each other when you join the force,” Acting Director of Public Safety Julio Ringang stated in his welcoming remarks to the new officers. “When you put on the blue uniform, take the badge and the gun, you become a law enforcement officer and you have to remember, you are not above the law,” exhorted Ringang.

The directors of various Ministry of Justice divisions were at hand to welcome, encourage and advise the new officers.

Director Godwin Philip of the Division of Fire informed the new recruits that being an officer is not an easy job.  “It requires a change of lifestyle and commitment.  You provide an example to the public and you must be committed,” stated Director Philip. “The reward of this job is helping to make a difference in someone’s life.  That is the most rewarding part of this job.  You don’t become a millionaire by being a police officer,” he added.

Chief Aloysius Alonz of the Division of Corrections urged the new officers to maintain a good public image.  “You do lots of good things and no one remembers but one mistake and not just you but all police officers will be given a bad image.”

Finally Chief of Patrol Division Cleory Cleofas reminded the officers that the authority that comes with the badge is given by the people they serve and is a symbol of public trust and urged the new officers to use this authority wisely.

According to Chief Cleofas, Patrol Division has 3 more openings for police officers.  Officers from the Patrol Division also assist other divisions when needed. [/restrict]