The shortlisting of candidates for the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) top post has been concluded.

Secretary to the Prime Minister, Jerry Manele revealed that the shortlisting of applicants was completed last Wednesday.

While he did not reveal the number or names of those shortlisted, he stated that the post drew interest from both locals and foreigners.

Mr Manele said interviews for those shortlisted are expected this week once interview processes and logistics are completed on time.

The interview panel appointed to oversee the interview consists of former Governor General Sir Nathanial Waena, High Court Judge James Apaniai, Chairman of Leadership Code Commission Emmanuel Kouhota and former PS of lands Ruth Lilogula.

Meanwhile the officers within the force who earlier criticized and wanted change to the RSIPF leadership, welcomed the news saying they look forward to working closely with a new leader.

They said that it is important to have a leader who is neutral and independent and who will bring the force back to its feet and bring back public confidence and trust in the force.