On Friday 18 February 2022, all ten (10) Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) officers successfully graduated from the Rifle User Training Program conducted in Australia by full-time Australian Federal Police Operational Safety Trainers.

All members demonstrated the necessary safety, weapon discipline, tactical and shooting skills to graduate from the program.

Commencing this week six Police Response Team (PRT) and two (2) Operational Safety Trainers will participate in a two week Rifle Instructor Training Program

These PRT officers will be trained by the AFP Operational Safety Trainers (OST) in one of the modern firearms training facilities in the Asia Pacific region.

They will learn how to instruct other RSIPF officers in the safe use of the new capability. The two (2) National Response Department Armourers will also commence commercially provided armoury training.

This will assist to ensure the RSIPF becomes self-sufficient in servicing and maintaining the new capability.

Elements of the Rifle User Training Program include:
• Safe weapon handling and muzzle discipline at all times;
• shooting from various positions. All members must demonstrate excellent marksmanship skills and are accountable for every round fired;
• Use of cover and concealment to provide tactical advantage and
• Understanding and demonstrating appropriate assessment and engagement of different threats.

The contingent consists of ten National Response Department (NRD) officers from the Operational Safety Training Team, Armoury, Logistics Team and PRT.

Source: RSIPF media