THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has commended public for their patience while the country’s national politicians continue to resolve the current political situation following the motion of no-confidence early this week.
“There has been no major incident to disturb the normal law and order and peace in this country and we are thankful to the public for their patience. But we must not take the situation lightly,” says Commissioner of Police, Matthew Varley.
Police continues to monitor the situation closely with a major operation underway in Honiara including visibility patrols in and around the city as well as static security duties at the two hotels that the national politicians are accommodated in.
“Police will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour, any illegal activity or any threats of violence that would impact on the safety of our citizens or the safety of our politicians and derail the political process underway to elect a new prime minister.
“This is good prudent policing operations for the security of this country and our hope is that the process will take place without any disturbance.
“Police will continue to visit various communities in the city, meet with the community leaders and MPs to explain to them the importance of members of their communities and constituencies maintaining law and order and remaining calm during this time.”
With the election of a new Prime Minister scheduled for Wednesday next week, Police will be mounting another visibility operation leading up to that time and around Parliament on the day.
“We want to encourage members of the public both in Honiara and throughout the provinces to go about their normal business as usual and to allow our national politicians to resolve the situation,” says Commissioner Varley.
Police appeal to anyone who have information on anybody who might be planning to disturb the peace to contact their nearest police station or call the police emergency toll free number 999.