Swaichy Rudolph is one of two police members from Federated States of Micronesia proudly serving in RAMSI.
Swaichy Rudolph from the Federated States of Micronesia, an island group in the North Pacific Ocean situated between about three quarters of the way between Hawaii and Indonesia, is one of two police members from his country proudly serving in RAMSI.
Swaichy, 42, has been a member of his country’s National Police Force for 5 years and has brought to the Participating Police Force experience in general duties policing and as a member of Federated States of Micronesia’s close personal protection team.
He says that the opportunity to come to the Solomon Islands and learn new policing skills from the RAMSI Participating Police Force and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, as well as sharing his skills with his Pacific Islands police colleagues is something that he enjoys very much.
“This mission is about sharing of experiences across the Region, and this makes it unique and interesting in many ways. We offer our experiences to our fellow colleagues and we gain a lot in return. We thank RAMSI for the opportunity,” says Swaichy.
As a general duties adviser, Swaichy’s role is to work alongside his Royal Solomon Islands Police Force colleagues and attend to various reports made by members of the public, investigate any offences and apprehend offenders if required.
“I look to advise them on things like how to make an arrest, how to conduct a legal search, how to deal with women and children, as well as more general matters like personal appearance and professionalism.
“If a member of the public has a bad experience with an officer, they will not only blame the officer, they will condemn the whole police and lose respect for the force. This is a point I make regularly with them,” he says.
Swaichy says that he has been impressed by the way that the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force approach members of the community when attending incidents and their general calm manner.
“The local police don’t rush into things here. They take their time to speak to all complainants and then make a considered decision,” he says.
He says that one of the biggest benefits of working in the Solomon Islands as a part of RAMSI is that he has been able to develop strong contacts with other Pacific Island police officers.
“This network will allow me to continue my contact with regional colleagues after I complete my time here in the Solomon Islands.”
Swaichy believes he’s made a difference by being a part of RAMSI.
“As a Pacific Islander I thought my service here would be valuable. I like to think we can give the best we can for Solomon Islanders and I very much look forward to more Solomon Islanders taking the lead and making this country able to stand on its own,” he says.