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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Solomon Islands Police Force tests potential of officers to become future leaders of SIPF

The Solomon Islands Police Force (SIPF) and Police Participating Force (PPF) advisors are running a number of assessments to select police officers to attend its Leadership Development Program (LDP).

Over 100 police officers from all parts of the Solomon Islands will undergo the assessments being held at the SIPF Academy in Honiara. Each officer is put through a demanding day of activities which test their potential to become a future leader of the SIPF.

The SIPF Acting Commissioner, Walter Kola, says the LDP is now into its second year with 75 officers completing the leadership and management training in 2006.

“Many of those LDP graduates are now playing important roles within the highest echelons of the SIPF Executive. The SIPF is working to provide better law enforcement for all Solomon Islanders – and the LDP is yet another important part of that process,” Acting Commissioner Kola said.

The 2007 program will train 62 officers from all levels of the SIPF in leadership to develop their management and supervisory skills. The Program has been jointly designed by the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) and the SIPF. The Participating Police Force (PPF) helps co-ordinate the LDP with the AIPM, by working alongside the SIPF at the Academy.

The LDP is designed to cater for the developmental needs of police officers at all levels, from the executive to the subordinate ranks.

In 2007 five SIPF executive members in partnership with five PPF executive members formed the panel to assess the SIPF candidates, ensuring a fair and equitable process for all.

The AIPM’s Nick Rowntree says the SIPF and PPF assessors have been impressed with the professionalism of the candidates attending the assessment centre.

“The SIPF is fortunate to have high calibre men and women seeking leadership and management training” Mr Rowntree said.

The assessment process will continue throughout this week and is expected to be completed this Friday, 27 April 2007.

Source: SIPF

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