RSIPF trains officers on Family Protection Act 2014

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has taken another step in its preparations for the implementation of the Family Protection Act 2014 with a Training of Trainers workshop being held at the RAMSI base at the GBR in Honiara, 15 – 19 February 2016.

About fifteen RSIPF officers from Honiara and the provinces are attending the workshop, which is being delivered by a representative of the Force’s Training and Development Unit assisted by RAMSI Participating Police Force (PPF) advisers.

“This training is an extremely important step in the roll out of the Family Protection Act to combat family violence and is vital to ensure that the RSIPF is ready for when the Act is gazetted,” said Frank Prendergast, Commissioner of RSIPF, when he officially opened the workshop on 15 February.

“The RSIPF trainers undertaking this program will be responsible for ensuring the front line officers have the necessary skills and knowledge to implement and use the Family Protection Act effectively to protect the victims of family violence,” said Mr Prendergast.

Topics to be covered during the training include:

• System Approach to training;

• Adult Learning issues;

• Communication Skills;

• Planning a training Activity; and

• Learning Aids

Some of the issues from the Family Protection Act to be discussed will include:

• Police safety notices;

• Protection order;

• Assistance to Victim; and

• Offences

The training package being delivered during this week was designed by officers of the RSIPF assisted by advisers of the RAMSI PPF.

The Family Protection Act was passed by National Parliament in October 2014 after family violence and gender-based violence were identified as a priority for the Solomon Islands Government after a Health & Safety Study Survey that was conducted in 2009 by the South Pacific Commission (SPC).

The study discovered that two out of every three women aged 15 to 45 years in Solomon Islands have experienced physical, sexual or psychological abuse. This is endemic levels, higher than any country in the Pacific region and ranked third highest world worldwide, after Peru and Ethiopia.

The Family Protection Act is expected to be gazetted and enter into force in early April this year.