THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and other stakeholders met on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Rove Headquarters in Honiara to discuss concerns raised regarding the possibility of young people living at the capital’s Botanical Garden and being put at risk.
“RSIPF decided to host the problem-solving workshop aimed at reducing harm at the Honiara Botanical Garden after concerns have been raised regarding the possibility of homeless young people living in the garden and being put at risk,” says Supervising Assistant Commissioner of Police, National Capital and Crime Prevention, Superintendent Solomon Sisimia.
“We were very pleased that representatives from a wide range of organisations were able to attend including the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Honiara City Council Youth Division, Botanical Gardens, Honiara Youth Council, Oxfam, Salvation Army, Seif Ples, the South Seas Evangelical Church (SSEC) and the Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association (SIPPA).
“A key part of our Crime Prevention Strategy is working with a wide range of stakeholders to collaborate and problem solve effectively. That is why it is so good to have such a great turn out at the workshop.
“The workshop used the SARA problem solving approach, which stands for scanning, analysis, response and assessment.
“All stakeholders agreed that accurate data and evidence is needed to help truly understand what the problem is.
“The group has agreed to meet again in the near future to share data and work together to improve the situation.”
Director of the Children Division in the Ministry for Women, Youth and Children, Goldie Lusi says, “It is good for stakeholders to get together and discuss the problem. We now know different organisations are already working on it and now we can help.”
The Honiara City Council Clerk, Charles Kelly says, “I endorse the action with our stakeholders, so that the public are aware of the issues at the Botanical Garden. The Honiara City Council plans to have a project to work with tourism, conservation and lands regarding the Botanical Garden in Honiara.”