BY GEORGE MANFORD
FIFTEEN community liaison officers (CLOs) from the wards in Malaita have concluded their induction workshop last Friday in Auki.
The one-week workshop began last Monday with chiefs and church leaders around Malaita province joining the programme for the first three days.
During the official closing programme last Friday, permanent secretary from the ministry of the provincial government and institutional strengthening (MPGIS) Mr Stanley Pirione thanked the CLOs for their commitment during the training.
He voiced his optimism that the officers are now well equipped with knowledge on their roles and what is expected of them.
“This programme must be carried out in our communities in Malaita making sure that you are representing your provincial government, the police and also the national government to address issues raise in our communities.
“By attending this weeklong training I believe the CLOs have fully equipped with knowledge and understanding regarding their duties as community liaison officers.”
Also speaking during the programme, Provincial Police Commander (PPC) of Malaita province Timothy Apaesi said the Auki police will be working closely with the CLOs in the communities in Malaita.
“I believe from time to time we will put our hands together working with our communities trying to address issues and also to reduce other unti-social behaviours in our communities.
“The set up that the Malaita provincial government has set is a way forward for the people in Malaita for addressing lasting peace and also to pave a way forward for development.
“Wishing the CLO’s a good and effective programme in our communities where we all work together for a better Malaita.”