Wednesday, 11 March 2009 10:30 AM

Workshop to Enhance Police Community Relations

Police officers have successfully completed a week-long training in Honiara.

The workshop organized by the Save the Children was aimed at improving performance of police officers at work in line of crime prevention in the communities.

Director of Save the Children, Ramesh Puri, referred to the workshop as an 'awakening' to effectively work with the community.

The workshop was aimed at building good relationship between civilians and police officers.

"Young people in the country always fear the sight of police officers and something must be done to erase that fear," a female participant said.

The workshop encouraged police officers to do more visits to communities and build good relationships with the youths and children.

Participants expressed satisfaction following the end of the workshop last Friday, saying the one week has helped them to understand how to build good relationship with youths, children and the wider communities.

They agreed that police officers should be fair to all people living in the communities and value everyone's views.

Participants agreed that police officers should stand as good role models for everyone.

Police officers were challenged to take on what they have learnt and recognize the need to strengthen and take on active cooperation with the people in the communities.

Speaking at the closing of the workshop, Acting Police Commissioner, Peter Marshall, acknowledged the support of Save the Children in enabling such workshop for police officers.

He said the RSIP aims at breeding police officers who are smart, on time for work and make good interactions with the community.

"There are 1,100 officers in the police force and each and every one of them should be community officers," he added.

Solomon Times was informed that participants are expected to monitor crime situations in various communities around Honiara and to conduct awareness talks targeting children, youths and women.