IN a fulfilment of being “Polis Blo Iu” or “Your Police”, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is opening its doors at the Rove Police Headquarters in Honiara and throughout the provinces to the public in a two-day Open Day programme from September 27-28, 2018.
“We want to fulfil our commitment to be transparent and as a police force that belongs to our people by showcasing what our various departments and units do every day to ensure the lives of our citizens are safe guarded from crime and that we all live in a secure environment,” says Assistant Commissioner of Police, National Capital and Crime Prevention and Chairman of the Open Day Organising Committee, Superintendent Solomon Sisimia.
ACP Sisimia explains: “We believe that for the people to have confidence in the RSIPF, they must understand fully and are informed about what the various departments and units within the Force do every day.”
“At the same time the RSIPF would also like to get the public to understand that policing can only be successful if members of communities are willing to assist police officers in the prevention of crime,” Superintendent Sisimia adds.
He says, “My committee has finalised an exciting programme for the two days starting this Thursday morning (September 27, 2018) at the Rove Police Sport Grounds in West Honiara with the official opening at 8.30am when the Minister of Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Hon. Moses Garu is expected to officially open the program and then the show will begin.”
“There will be about 20 different stalls showcasing work of the various departments and units within the RSIPF as well as some of its stakeholders including members of SAFENET, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission, the Leadership Code Commission, the Office of the Ombudsman and the Correctional Services of Solomon Islands,”
ACP Sisimia adds: “In the provinces, the provincial police commanders are organizing their own programmes and my committee has been informed that this will include visits to the police stations as well as sports activities.”
“We would therefore like to invite members of the public and schools both in and around Honiara as well as the provincial capitals to make use of this opportunity to learn more about the work of Polis blo iu (Your Police) and to take the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have had all this time about the work of RSIPF and its stakeholders.”
“This is the first time that the RSIPF has been able to organize such an Open Day program since the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) left in June last year. We hope to make this an annual event,” says ACP Sisimia.