The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) congratulates the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) on its historical achievement in the deployment of its members to join a United Nations Peacekeeping Mission.
The RSIPF hosted a commissioning parade on 18 August 2016 at the Rove Police Headquarters to honour and farewell the first contingent of five officers who will join the UN Mission in Darfur in Sudan, Africa.
Acting RAMSI Special Coordinator, Masi Lomaloma, said, when RAMSI arrived in Solomon Islands in 2003, the RSIPF was in a state that a deployment to a UN peacekeeping Mission was something that was thought to be impossible.
However, with the support of the Solomon Islands Government and the commitment of the RSIPF leadership under Commissioner Frank Prendergast and all ranks of the Force, the RSIPF has now become a modern and professional police force.
Mr Lomaloma adds RAMSI is privileged to have assisted in the past 13 years in the training and mentoring of officers within the RSIPF.
He says, the Force now has the reputation of being one of the best police forces in the region and with the deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan, RSIPF is now recognised in the international policing cycle.