Solomons Police Set to Lead the Pacific in Law Enforcement
The leadership of both the Solomon Islands Police Force (SIPF) and the PPF met last Friday to plan the future of the partnership between the two organizations.
Both the SIPF Commissioner Mohammed Jahir Kahn and the Commander of the PPF, Denis McDermott participated in the meeting.
Issues discussed at the planning day included new counterpart relationships between the SIPF and PPF, increasing the sustainability of policing, financial management, ethics and integrity, as well as increasing corporate support and a review of training needs.
Dr Tony Murney from the Australian Federal Police, who facilitated the meeting, told the SIPF executive that they were one of the most important organisations in the Solomon Islands.
“The future of the Solomon Islands rests heavily in your hands,” he said.
PPF Commander McDermott said there was clear evidence of strong support from the SIPF executive for the work of the PPF in the Solomon Islands.
The participation and support of Commissioner Kahn in the meeting had also been greatly appreciated he said.
“The executive of the SIPF performed impressively throughout the planning day.
Commander McDermott said he had been very encouraged by the level of trust demonstrated at the meeting between the two organizations.
“It is pretty good when that trust has grown to a point where everyone felt able to talk openly and honestly about the future of policing in the Solomon Islands.”
PPF Commander McDermott said Solomon Islands should aspire to nothing less than the best democratic police service in the world.
“The PPF stands squarely behind the SIPF police executive and behind every man woman and child in the diverse community that makes up Solomon Islands,” he said.
The information collected at the meeting will now be further assessed and used to hold further discussions with all parties involved, he said.
“This will set the platform for further reforms and approaches to be taken to ensure the SIPF becomes an efficient and effective community based policing service,” Commander McDermott said.