RSIPF EOD officers on UXO training
Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit are undergoing a two-week training facilitated by Japan’s Ammunition College, Self-Defence Force and the Ministry of Defence.
The training is to boost the EOD unit’s capabilities including community awareness tasks.
These include the mechanics of the former imperial army of Japan, ways to improve awareness on the risks associated with ammunition, bomb disposal techniques and how to reduce the risks of UXOs in the country.
Director of the Indo-Pacific Regional Policy Division, Ashizuka Osuma said their main aim is to boost the capabilities of the EOD unit.
“Our aim is we would like to support in our capacity to increase and enhance the capability of the Solomon Islands Police Force and our intention is to continue this type of support,” Director Osuma said.
He said a wrap up session will be held after the training is completed. This is to identify gaps or areas that need improvement before addressing them accordingly.
He added they are aware and respect the professionalism of the EOD unit saying they are here just to help develop their skills and strengthen the relationship between Solomon Islands and Japan.
The training started on Tuesday at Hell’s point in East Honiara.
By Mary Manelegua