Jessie Adun, from Nauru, is - at age 21 - one of the youngest members of the RAMSI Participating Police Force, but brings with him more than six years of policing experience to Solomon Islands.
During his deployment to RAMSI, Jessie Adun, from Nauru, worked with the provincial outpost of Avu Avu on Guadalcanal’s Weathercoast, as a RAMSI Participating Police Force adviser.
“I become a police officer when I was 16 years old and spent six months at the Nauru Police Academy and have been working in general duties, detectives and as an Aide de Camp since then,” he says.
Jessie strongly believes that people need a strong police presence and it is one of his priorities to continue building awareness of what the police are about.
“It’s important to raise awareness about crime prevention and domestic violence, and make sure that the local population feels confident in reporting these types of offences to police so that offenders can be brought to justice.
“People are coming to better understand the police, and how the police can help. There is a fear amongst people to report their wantok to the police, but through the good work of the RAMSI Participating Police Force and Royal Solomon Islands Police Force at Buala, the locals are now more likely to report crime to police,” he says.
Jessie says that one of the challenges he faces in a provincial posting is the isolation and the distances police have to travel to visit villages and maintain a strong policing presence in the area.
“On one occasion after visiting a remote village the quad bike that I was riding became stuck in sand and I had to push it four kilometres back toward the Avu Avu police station.
“Luckily my other Participating Police Force colleague from New Zealand, Craig Thompson, and my Royal Solomon Islands Police Force colleague Anthony Suava came to my rescue and helped me push it back the remaining couple of kilometres.
“Half of me got sunburnt from that experience so I’ve learnt a good lesson to go out prepared – and next time put on sun block,” he says with a laugh.