Monday, 25 June 2007 1:24 PM

Khan Puts Aside USD$2.6 Million to Purchase Arms

Within less than a month in office, Police Commissioner Jahir Khan has made his position clear on the issue of rearmament.

Reports from the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation stated that Mr Khan has put in a supplementary budget to the government of two-point-six million US dollars to purchase weapons for the police force.

Mr Khan has reportedly stated that there are two units he would like to see re-armed, they are the police patrol boats and the Close Protection Unit. Mr Khan stated that he would like to see at least 40 self loading pistols for the Close Protection Unit.

Mr Khan went on to say that the patrol boat needs to be re-armed as it has the responsibility to protect the country's borders and fishing grounds and could encounter dangerous incidences.

Mr Khan however made it clear that as police commissioner, he is obliged to carry out the government's policy of re-armament.