A female Police officer of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has been awarded a ‘highly commended’ award in the Excellence in Law Enforcement in the Asia Pacific Region by the Australasian Council of Women and Policing Awards.
The award was presented to Police Constable Annette Mepirke in front of her colleagues during the Commissioner’s weekly parade this morning (20 September 2018).
The nomination reads: “Annette is nominated for her excellence in tactical policing and public order management practices, and is inspirational for women to push limits and boundaries. She is the only female operational member of the Police Response Team, where she has worked since her basic course in 2016. Her display of mental and physical strength and determination in passing the course and maintaining her competencies as an operation member is a true inspiration to all women. Annette has shown that statue and gender is no limitation to what can be achieved by women in a specialist policing role.”
Speaking at the parade Commissioner Matthew Varley says, “This is an outstanding award and on behalf of all officers of the RSIPF I want to congratulate Police Constable Mepirke on her fine achievement.”
“It is indeed a proud moment for the RSIPF to be recognised at this level. Your team has helped you come this far and I want to encourage all RSIPF members to excel in your carrier.”
This is the second consecutive award received by an officer of the RSIPF from the Australasian Council of Women and Policing Awards, following Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Central Province, Superintendent Patricia Leta last year.