All are police officers – but the law treats them differently for the same crime
By Alfred Sasako
THE are all senior police officers. All four – from the ranks of Superintendent at the top to Sergeant at the bottom – have committed the same crime. They were driving possibly under the influence causing accidents, resulting in the write-off of three G-plated vehicles.
The fourth officer, an Inspector, was driving his own car. He too was involved in a road accident very recently. He was charged, convicted and dismissed from the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF), according to sources.
The accidents involving the first three happened on various times in the past seven years. The law, according to one source, treated them well.
Today, these three senior officers remain in their jobs except for one who was transferred to the Ministry of Police and National Security, according to the source.
The first accident involved a superintendent. He was driving a G-plated truck when the vehicle ran off the road at Kakabona, west of Honiara. As the truck veered off the road, it hit a house.
The Ministry of Police and National Security paid $18, 000 for the cost of damage inflicted on the building, according to sources
The officer however was never charged or disciplined. The truck was a write-off, according to the sources.
The second is a woman officer with the rank of Sergeant. She was allegedly involved in a road accident when the G-plated truck she was driving ran off the road. The vehicle was a write-off, according to the sources.
Again, no action was taken to discipline the officer. She is still driving today, the sources said.
The third officer was again a Superintendent. The vehicle he was allegedly driving when the accident happened was a write-off. It was a government vehicle with a G-plate.
The officer was never disciplined for the crime. He was later transferred to the Ministry of Police and National Security where he remains today.
Sources told Island Sun the only plausible explanation for non-action by the police is because the three officers could be members of the inner circle that runs the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.
Island Sun sought a response from the RSIPF yesterday but there was no response.