RSIPF Operational Safety Training facility opening

RAMSI Participating Policing Force Commander, Paul Osborne, and Acting Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Commissioner, Juanita Matanga, today opened the newly constructed RSIPF Operational Safety Training Facility (OST) at Rove in Honiara.

Operational Safety includes the appropriate usage of standard police issue equipment; the identification and effective use of verbal communication and body language; and negotiation skills and other behavioural techniques in order to minimise the risk of injuries to the community and police officers in the execution of their duties.

The Project commenced in February this year and continues the development that is being undertaken through the PPF, at the Rove complex. The facility is a dedicated building that will ensure officers maintain and update their Operational Safety Training skills. It will also increase the number of qualified RSIPF members who can undertake Public Order Management training.

RSIPF Acting Commissioner Juanita Matanga said “On behalf of the RSIPF I wish to thank RAMSI and the PPF for the facility, vehicles and equipment. The increased visibility and professionalism of RSIPF members will go a long way to building public confidence in the RSIPF. “This is crucial milestone at this stage of rebuilding our police force,” said Acting Commissioner Matanga.

“This facility and equipment are a part of our continued support and development of RSIPF skills and expertise within the Public Order Management arena,” said Commander Osborne.

“This is an integral part of the PPF’s drawdown strategy and it is very encouraging to see that RSIPF members will now be taking much more of a lead in the area of training and development within Operational Safety Training and Public Order Management,” said Commander Osborne.

Along with the facility, RSIPF received two new vehicles with police markings, uniforms, radios and ballistic vests for the Police Response Team.