RSIPF and AFP prepare for parliament meeting

RSIPF officers leading that route march through Honiara starting at Ranadi on Saturday.
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Local police (RSIPF) and members of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) under the Solomons’ International Assistance Force (SIAF) continue their preparations for the upcoming sitting of Parliament. 

Operational fitness and interoperability are key to maintaining the RSIPF’s Public Order Management (POM) capability.

Over the weekend, RSIPF and AFP members participated in a route march from Ranadi to Rove Headquarters as part of the RSIPF preparedness for the next phase of Operation Parliament.

RSIPF Commissioner Mostyn Mangau in a statement acknowledged AFP for continuing to support the RSIPF in building a robust POM capability.

“This exceptional capability continues today to ensure RSIPF is operationally prepared for current and future operations.

RSIPF and SIAF officers arriving at the Rove Police Headquarters during their route march that starts at Ranadi on Saturday.

“As Commissioner, I reassure the community my members are prepared to maintain law and order.

“I remind citizens that you have a responsibility to not engage in criminal acts and if you choose to, we are prepared to respond,” Mr Mangau said.

He said the route march shows that RSIPF and SIAF officers are partners united in protecting law and order in the Solomon Islands.

SIAF Deputy Commissioner, Heath Davies, reinforced the message that SIAF are here to support RSIPF as part of the Australian and Solomon Islands Government Bi-lateral Security Treaty (BST).

The RSIPF and SIAF route march started at Ranadi in the early hours of Saturday.

The RSIPF and SIAF officers regularly conduct joint POM operational exercises to ensure both police agencies are prepared to respond to any potential public disorder incidents.

These exercises ensure members are operationally prepared and provide realistic exposure to an active POM environment and will continue as part of the ongoing operational preparedness