Solomon police offer APEC help

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has formally offered assistance to the Papua New Guinea Police during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Port Moresby in November.
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RSIPF commissioner Matthew Varley

Staff Reporter

RSIPF Commissioner Matthew Varley said he had held discussions with the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary commissioner Gari Baki on the possible areas where RSIPF could help.
Varley said other Melanesian Spearhead Group countries had also indicated their support to provide security assistance for the event, which will be hosting 15,000 delegates from the 21 APEC economies.
He said Baki would be visiting the country in June to witness operation demonstrations by the RSIPF Maritime, Forensic and Close Protection unit officers.
"We are looking at whether there is a specialised team or unit within the RSIPF that may be able to deploy to PNG to assist the police there, this would not be front line on the ground police operations, more so our specialised capabilities behind the scenes operations that we may be able to support them," he said.
"Obviously we don't have police powers as such to conduct security duties, but we believe there's ways we can contribute through to some of our specialised capabilities, that we've been fortunate to build up through RAMSI [Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands]."
Varley also said they were also exploring the possibility to conduct operational safety training for PNG officers in Honiara.
Through this, PNG officers would get training and qualifications in the Solomon Islands to take back to PNG to train more officers.



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