The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has introduced digital forensics to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) - an advancement to the investigation and evidence collection capability of the RSIPF.

AFP’s Advisors working under the RSIPF-AFP Policing Partnership Program (RAPPP) have been providing advisory and training support to the RSIPF officers in the Crime and Intelligence Department on this new capability.

This new capability will enable RSIPF investigators to use digital data from various electronic devices in their evidence collections. Earlier, AFP introduced finger printing and drug testing capability to the RSIPF and with the introduction of digital forensics, it will boost the RSIPF’s investigations.

Under the RAPPP, one of its targets is the delivery of digital forensics to the RSIPF. This is an area the RSIPF and AFP agreed to work on in ensuring that the RSIPF deliver high quality police operations across the country.

Using advanced capabilities, like digital forensics, is crucial to the RSIPF in order to effectively deal with domestic and regional crime threats. These new capabilities advanced the RSIPF’s evidence collection techniques and through examination and analyses RSIPF investigators would be able to present evidence to a court of law as part of the prosecution’s case against alleged offenders.

The AFP, through RAPPP, has been delivering support to the RSIPF in areas like; specialist and technical advisory support, expansion and specialist skills development to the National Response Department (NRD), frontline, investigations, forensic and intelligence support.

The RAPPP focused on AFP and RSIPF Police-to-Police operational capabilities. Both the RSIPF and AFP enjoyed a long partnership since the tensions where they continued to work together to combat threats in the region.

The RAPPP is committed to transforming the RSIPF from capacity development recipient to a prominent partner in combating criminal elements that threatened communities.

Source: Press Release