PUBLIC REASSURED OF PLANS TO HAVE PROFESSIONAL POLICE

Permanent Secretary of Police and National Security Edmond Sikua speaking to the media. Photo credit: RAMSI.

Permanent Secretary of Police and National Security Edmond Sikua speaking to the media. Photo credit: RAMSI.

The Ministry of Police and National Security has reassured the public of its plan to develop the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force into a professional police force.

The statement comes after the current public fears surrounding the proposed limited rearmament of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.

But speaking to journalists at a Limited Rearmament Media Conference today, Permanent Secretary for the Police Edmond Sikua said all members of RSIPF are expected to be professional and disciplined in carrying out their duties.

“That is probably the important thing that all these police officers should be professional police officers and professional Solomon Islanders, without unfairness and bias, despite being in an armed component or not, they must remain neutral”.

Meanwhile, the Acting Police Commissioner Juanita Matanga has also made reassurances of the force’s discipline, saying the RSIPF has been transforming over the years.

“Because I believe that when police officers join the force they took an oath, which clearly outlines the community’s expectations on them. And I want us to understand that the force is professional and that let us not consider them as individual groups”.

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