Wednesday, 16 November 2011 8:55 AM

Police Beefs Up Security in the Capital

The Solomon Islands Acting Police Commissioner, Mr. Walter Kola says police will not underestimate reports of threats to today's Prime Minister's elections.

Acting Commissioner Kola made the statement yesterday during a joint media conference with RAMSI's Participating Police Force Commander, Paul Osbourne.

He says police will not deny receiving reports of threats to today's Prime Minister's elections and will not underestimate them.

Acting Commissioner Kola however says police have categorised the threats as having medium to low-level security risks.

Meanwhile, the Acting police commissioner Kola, says police will launch a high-level operation in Honiara and in parliament for the election.

The Acting Police Commissioner says 400 police officers have been assigned to be on-duty in today's security operations, and will be assisted by other Solomon Islands Police and the PPF officers.

The security measures around Parliament will mean sealing off the National Parliament grounds and building and allow only 150 people to enter the premises.

As of 8am this morning, the heavy Police presence are already evident around Honiara and the parliament house.