Tongan deputy police commissioner dies after fight with cancer

A Tongan deputy police commissioner ‘Atelaite Koloale’o Soakai has died in Nuku’alofa.

Soakai, 47 has been battling cancer for a few years and had multiple treatments to try and prolong her life.

She joint Tonga Police Force in December 1989 and retired on medical ground in July this year.

Upon retirement she was awarded the Police Employment Award for distinguished service rendered to the Tonga Police Force. She was the first police officer to be awarded with the silver medal.

While joining the force Soakai regularly left for  overseas to study on various field of education and training ranges from discipline and counselling  to management and administration to information and technology. She studied  in countries such as USA, Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, Fiji and New Zealand.

Born in May 14, 1966 in the town of Kolofo’ou, Soakai died after she served the force for 23 years.

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