RETIRED POLICE OFFICER CONCERNED OVER BORDER SECURITY

Looking towards the Solomon Islands-Bougainville border. Photo credit: SIBC.

Looking towards the Solomon Islands-Bougainville border. Photo credit: SIBC.

A retired police officer has called on the National Government to rearm police officers stationed at Shortland Islands.

Retired police officer Ignatius Gorae told an SIBC touring group in Shortland Islands – police posted along the western border ‘MUST’ rearm to heighten the country’s security there.

“The RSIPF should and must rearm to man the border. We do not count on manpower but we count on arms because those people on the other side of the border have arms, so we want those stationed here to be armed to man the border security.”

Mr. Gorae suggests, the government should utilize the ex-police officers who have manned the border during the Bougainville crises to look after the border and provide training to young and new officers stationed there.

“This is because, at present, most of the RSIPF members are inexperienced and most ex-field force officers still remain in the police force while others have retired, and the Government should utilise them to keep security at the border.”

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