CBE Frank Short

CBE Frank Short

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Policing a Clash of Cultures Part: 50 My Conclusions and a Look to the Future.

Extract from my memoirs. Needless to say – a great deal of ‘conclusions’ ended up in both the RAMSI segment and the one that followed it– not intended, but that is how it happened. Damned if I did and...

Policing a Clash of Cultures Part 49: Planning for RAMSI's Withdrawal : A Personal Viewpoint.

Extract from my memoirs. Introduction. The intervention of the Regional Assistance Mission (RAMSI) to the Solomon Islands, brought about at the request of the Solomon Islands Government in 2003, has...

Policing a Clash of Cultures Part 48: RAMSI - Taking Stock.

Extract from my memoirs. In the last decade a much younger age group along with modern communications has steadily emerged moving onwards and upwards from the old traditions. It has produced a different...

Policing a Clash of Cultures Part 47: RSIPF - Policy and Orders - Clear and Understandable.

Extract from my memoirs. Within the first week of my appointment as the Commissioner of Police in July 1997, it became obvious that our Policy and Orders doctrine needed updating in the light of local...

Policing a Clash of Cultures Part 45: UXO's - Our Ongoing Sleeper Factor.

Extract from my memoirs. The discovery of an old World War II six inch live shell placed in the machinery in the mill at the Solomon Islands Plantations Ltd (SIPL) in 1999 brought home the reality of...

Policing a Clash of Cultures Part 44 : "Unexpected Words. Thank you Gentlemen."

Extract from my memoirs. Having had to endure an almost daily barrage of racist slurs and downright lies as I neared the end of my two year term in office, one found some solace in the words of two writers...

Policing a Clash of Cultures Part 43: Giving Peace a Chance - My Decision Alone.

Extract from my memoirs. Since early 1999 successive attempts were made by the SIAC government to bring to an end the crisis on Guadalcanal by looking into the underlying issues and to deal with the demands...

Policing a Clash of Cultures Part 40: Our Own - Solomon Islands - Media.

Extract from my memoirs. In the Solomon Islands the local media representatives with the odd exception, reported fairly and reasonably accurately on the so called "ethnic conflict." One also has to...

Policing a Clash of Cultures Part 39: The Ongoing Media Saga.

Extract from my memoirs. What makes a journalist or reporter tick? Wait – let me re phrase… What makes much of their reporting so often negative, error filled, and shallow? Do they and their editors...

Policing a Clash of Cultures Part 37: June 1999 - The Solomon Islands declared a State of Emergency.

Extract from my memoirs. Following the savage murder of an old man and a two year old child in a village near the Solomon Islands Plantations (SIPL) the government issued a statement promising ‘effective...

Policing a Clash of Cultures Part 36: Commonwealth Assistance and Sitiveni Rabuka - an ex- Fiji Prime Minister.

Extract from my memoirs. The first briefing that was given to the Cabinet following ‘Monarch’s’ intelligence assessment caused genuine concern. One member asked, “What do we do now?” I had pre-empted...

Policing a Clash of Cultures Part 35: Operation 'Monarch'

Extract from my memoirs. Intelligence capabilities with reasonable accurate forecasting of internal activities are an essential part of Special Branch (SB) operations. In fact intelligence was always...

Policing a Clash of Cultures Part 34 : A Police Officer as a Murderer? The Bungana Incident.

Extract from my memoirs. It was during the early hours of December 10th 1998; actually while I was overseas in New Zealand participating in mutual aid meetings with the New Zealand Defence Force, when...

Policing a Clash of Cultures Part 33 : Guadalcanal - the start of the "Ethnic Violence" in 1998

Extract from my memoirs. Towards the end of September 1998, an armed militant group, the Guadalcanal Revolutionary Army (GRA) – the forerunner of the Isatambu Freedom Movement (IMF) – began a violent...

Policing a Clash of Cultures Part 32 : When the Solomon's Pot Boiled Over - The Internal Conflict of 1998-99

Extract from my memoirs. In the intervening years since resigning and leaving the Solomons in July 1999 after having completed my two-year contract, many notable academics and writers have contributed...

Policing a Clash of Cultures Part 31: Rapid Response Unit (RRU)

Extract from my memoirs. Despite the improvement in overall effectiveness of our police operations leading up to mid-1998 there were still major limitations on what could be done. The first limitation...

Policing a Clash of Cultures Part 30 : Our Arms Specialist and Human Rights Adviser.

Extract from my memoirs. From the start of my appointment as Commissioner it is fair to say I was uncomfortable with the NRSF as a para military arm of the Force, especially as they were soldiers in...

Policing a Clash of Cultures Part 29: New Weapons Purchases, valued at US$4 million - why?

Extract from my memoirs. Within a few days of assuming office as Commissioner, I was visited in my office by the U.S. Ambassador based in Port Moresby, Arma Jane Karaer, and by the U.S. Defence Adviser...

Policing a Clash of Cultures Part 28: Our Prevailing Political Scene - Disruptive Undercurrents.

Extract from my memoirs. The successful hosting of the Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival in mid-1998 was a boost for the SIAC government, despite the severe financial limitations at the time. However,...

Policing a Clash of Cultures Part 27: Our Now Improved Law and Order Policing

Excerpt from my memoirs. Policing Honiara presented huge and unique challenges because of the wide range of law enforcement issues needing to be addressed. The national capital was the centre for...