Police Force loses a "talented and outstanding" member

The Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) has lost one of its “very talented and outstanding” member.

Late George Kalran, known as the face of the Vanuatu Mobile Force brass band during Independence celebrations for the ‘Makarena dance’, passed away around midday yesterday.

He joined the Force via Direct Entry in February 1, 1994 and served with the Band Platoon.

After joining the Force in 1994, late Kalran became the Band’s Man and served as a private for six years.

In December 2000, he was promoted to Corporal by then Police Commissioner, Holi Simon. He received another promotion last year under the leadership of former Police Commissioner, Arthur Caulton. He died a Sergeant.

The late Force member also served under the UN CIVPOL Mission in East Timor in 2007. He could not complete his term in mission following the illness of his wife.

As a dedicated member of the Force, late Kalran served with the Vanuatu Mobile Force and performed his duties in a lot of areas including military duties, VIP security duties, ceremonial parades, clerical Duties and administration.

He also had the opportunity to attend various training for instance, the English Language profiling system in New Zealand, a Drum Major course and Instruction of Live Band Course in Australia.

Following his outstanding performances, the late VMF was also a recipient of the medal and commendation awards during Vanuatu’s Silver Jubilee.

Late Kalran held the position as a Drum Major. He has served in the force for 21 years and six months until his passing away.