By JASON GIMA WURI
INSPECTOR Gunia Vari’s 35 years of loyal service to the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) paid off last week when he was honoured for serving the state with distinction all those years.
Vari was awarded the Distinguished Police Service (DPS) medal along with other 139 recipients of the Order of Papua New Guinea Awards from Governor-General Sir Paulias Matane at Government House.
Recruited on Aug 28, 1975, Vari from inland Rigo in Central, attended the officer cadet training course at Joint Services College at Igam Barracks, Lae, for one year.
“In the early days when I started with the force, I was posted to Wau police station, Sialum police detachment and Siassi police detachment all in Morobe province,” Vari said.
He returned to Bomana police college with his family in 1985 and worked in the training division as a training officer, recruiting and training young police cadets until 2006 when he was promoted to the police department’s policy and planning division at Headquarters in Konedobu where he is currently working.
“I was nominated in 2006 but did not get the award back then and I totally forgot about it until just this year when I was informed by my bosses that I was nominated again for the awards.
“I am happy to be here and it’s a joyous time for me and my family who have been very supportive of my career right throughout.
“I thank the Constabulary, the Honours and Awards Committee and Government House for honouring me with this award.
“This is yet anther milestone for me,” Vari said.
“The desire to prosper in life and the love for police work has kept me going this last 35 years.
“There are a lot of long serving policeman and women in the constabulary who also deserve such a honour.
“I encourage those who have contributed one way or the other in the development of this nation who missed out in this year’s honours list, especially long serving members to continue to keep up the good work,” he added.