The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) welcomes the completion of an extension to the Seif Ples facility at the Rove Police Headquarters in Honiara which was officially opened during a ceremony on 15 October 2019.

The extension comprises of an accommodation block for Sexual and gender based violence. It was funded by the Australian Government and officially opened by the Australian High Commissioner in Solomon Islands. H.E Roderick Brazier.

Seif Ples is a multi-sectoral approach between key partners under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services (MPNSCS), Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS), Honiara City Council (HCC) and RSIPF. Seif Ples provides services for sexual and gender based violence.

Speaking during the opening ceremony Deputy Centre Manager of Seif Ples Falu Maesugea explains: “Seif Ples provides services including medical, hotline, referral and emergency accommodation for victims of sexual and gender based violence. Thankfully the completion of the extension project will enable Seif Ples to accommodate around hundred plus clients per month.”

Supervising Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Mactus Forau who represented the Ministry, thanked the Australian High Commissioner H.E Brazier as his Government funded the project to improve accommodation at Seif Ples for the victims of sexual and gender based violence.

Speaking after the opening of the extension to Seif Ples, RSIPF Officer-In-charge (OIC) of the Sexual Assault Team (SAT), Detective Sergeant Rose Nala says, “The upgrade of the Seif Ples facility will enable our clients, victims or survivors of sexual and domestic violence to have access to services for their good wellbeing. These survivors are victims of cases that the police investigate both in Honiara and from the provinces.”

Several senior RSIPF executive officers including the Assistant Commissioner for National Capital and Crime Prevention, Simpson Pogeava attended the ceremony with Commander of the Solomon Islands Police Development Program (SIPDP), John Tanti.

Source: RSIPF Media Unit