The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in the provinces will be able to move further and faster from today after the Solomon Islands Government and RAMSI’s Participating Police Force (PPF) jointly funded the purchase of ten new ray boats, outboard motor engines (OBM) and marine safety equipment.
The SBD 7.7 million worth of new boats and equipment are part of RSIPF’s Mobility Plan which is being jointly funded by SIG and RAMSI.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, RAMSI Special Coordinator, Nicholas Coppel said the new equipment should make it easier for police officers in the provinces to move around, respond to reports of crimes, and most importantly better police the communities in their areas.
“This improved mobility should help the police to do their job properly and in a timely manner, which I am sure will help improve community confidence in their performance,” he said.
The Minister of Police, Honorable Chris Laore, commended the RSIPF for their crucial role in maintaining the law and order and thanked RAMSI and in particular the PPF for their ongoing support.
“We have come a long way in rebuilding the RSIPF and this could not have happened without the generous assistance of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.
”I am looking forward to your continuous support as we move into the transition period,” Minister Laore said.
The joint funding arrangement under the Mobility Plan reflects the close cooperation and positive relationship that defines the partnership between the RSIPF and the Participating Police Force Mr Coppel said.