Seventy-two Solomon Islands police officers have graduated from a two-week RAMSI training course on public order management.
The intensive training program, delivered by RAMSI’s Participating Police Force, focused on providing officers with best practice skills and tactics to effectively deal with dangerous public disorder situations.
The group demonstrated their new skills to a group of government, RAMSI and police officials on 1 June 2012.
The demonstration was based on a real life scenario where a rowdy crowd was becoming violent, throwing rocks, damaging property and police negotiations had broken down. The trained officers quickly brought the situation under control.
RAMSI Acting Special Coordinator Wayne Higgins spoke at the demonstration and graduation ceremony on behalf of RAMSI.
“This demonstration today highlights just how far the RSIPF have come and developed in recent years.”
“At the completion of this training program the RSIPF capacity will undoubtedly be one of the largest and most highly trained specialist police units in the Pacific,” Mr Higgins said.
Police Commissioner John Lansley also congratulated the officers on their new skills and capabilities.
“It is extremely pleasing to see all the officers out here today highlighting their ability to deal with potentially dangerous public order incidents.”
“All officers have performed to a very high standard and have been diligent and committed to learning new skills.”
“I am confident to say that the capability demonstrated here today proves that the RSIPF can take the lead in the policing of this nation and deal with all situations that come to our attention” Mr Lansley said.
Public Order Management is a critical capability required by police forces and law enforcement agencies to ensure community safety and national security.
Thirteen RSIPF officers were selected to train as instructors so they can train other police officers in the future, without the assistance of RAMSI’s Participating Police Force.
Further training will be conducted over the next 12 to 18 months.