Monday, 23 January 2012 8:56 AM

Solomon's Police to Work Harder at Rebuilding

The Royal Solomon Islands Police is pushing ahead with plans to become self-sufficient.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo, told local media that there will come a time when re-arming of the police must be considered but the focus, he said, should first be on capacity-building.

Since 2003, it has been a long hard road for the police, back from the disintegration the force suffered after some of its officers stole weapons and joined rival militia during the ethnic tensions.

Since then, many Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Island police have worked with the Solomon's police as part of the Regional Assistance Mission's Participating Police Force.

Solomon Islands Acting Police Commissioner, Walter Kola, says the police response team and its public order management teams are key priorities in the year ahead.

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