POLICE PLANS TO SEND TWO ON UN POSTING
Tuesday, 9 November 2010

on behalf of RSIPF

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is capable of contributing to the United Nations, according to Deputy Police Commissioner Walter Kola.

Mr Kola said the UN has been sending out invitations every year.

“This year, there were offers for 15 positions,” he said.

However, he said the RSIPF is only capable of sending a diminutive number.

“We can send one male and one female.”

Mr Kola said the number also reflects the size of the force.

“We do not have enough police officers to send away, but we can only manage two, so at the moment we are still working on that,” he said.

He said the officers are not going to be ordinary police officers.

“They must be in the sergeant up to the inspector’s rank because we are not going to send inexperience people.

“Officers sent must have vast experience, knowledge and skills in policing so that they can share with those of other countries.”

Mr Kola said many in the police force posses those skills and experience.

“One good thing too is many senior officers have been working with RAMSI and have a fair bit of taste of what international policing should be like.”

He said Solomon Islands have been a member of UN for many years now and it is time “we actively involved in this particular sector”.

By EDNAL PALMER