Two teams of RAMSI Participating Police Force (PPF) officers are being dispatched today to help local police deal with threatening crocodiles in two separate provinces.

One team is heading to the Russell Islands after a community there requested assistance following the death of a young girl who was taken from the village of Ale by a crocodile earlier this week.

The Commander of the PPF, Denis McDermott, said that it is always tragic when a life is lost under these circumstances.

"The PPF is here to support the Solomon Islands Police in keeping the people of this country safe from harm. When a village is threatened by a dangerous animal, such as a crocodile, I am very pleased to be able to send my officers to help."

At the request of the community, one of the teams will help local police in the Russell Islands to destroy the animal.

A second team will travel to Atoifi, Malaita Province to help the SIPF to locate and destroy a crocodile that has been menacing the community there.

"In the last month RAMSI has responded to requests from communities in Munda, on the Weathercoast, and from parts of Western Province," Mr McDermott said.

RAMSI has promised to destroy crocodiles and urges anyone with concerns about these dangerous animals in their area to report the matter to their local police, who can then request armed assistance from RAMSI.

Source: Press Release