Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) officer, Sergeant Hudson Mala has been awarded the Gold Medal & West PAC Fiji Prize for the most outstanding graduate with a Major in Pacific Policing from the University of South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji.
The officer attended the ceremony at the USP Fiji Laucala campus on 19 March, and is currently back in the country working in the office of the RSIPF Commissioner.
Sergeant (Sgt) Mala said, “My Bachelor of Arts and double majors in Pacific Policing and Law achievement comes from hard work during the period of 2015-2017. I encourage fellow RSIPF colleagues who pursue further studies to always work hard and not take studies lightly.”
He added: “There are more than 50 USP high achievers who scoop Gold Medal awards and Prizes from four Faculties (schools): Faculty of Arts; Law and Education; Faculty of Business and Commerce; Faculty of Science and Technology and Pacific TAFE.”
“I also encourage those officers not yet undergoing studies to pursue further education to enhance your careers,” says Sgt Mala.
He added: “I feel so humble and privileged to have received this award. I believe there is no magic in winning this award but through sheer hard work, commitment and sacrifice. I share this award with the RSIPF, Solomon Islands and my family. Most of all I thank God the creator, the giver of knowledge and wisdom that gave me strength to reach this far.”
The officer thanked the RSIPF Commissioner and his Executive for allowing him to take up the study. He also acknowledges the Solomon Islands Government scholarship which funded the three year program. He also appreciates members of his family for their patience and support that helped him complete the study.