BY BARNABAS MANEBONA
ROYAL Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Department of Logistics and Stores made arrangement for two new Land Cruiser Trooper vehicles to be shipped to Western province this week Tuesday.
Deputy Director of RSIPF’s Department of Logistics and Stores Inspector Tony Pitamama said the two vehicles were allocated to the Western provincial Police by the RSIPF Fleet Committee.
“The vehicles are allocated for Ringgi and Gizo Police Stations as the Western Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Office has already been notified of the shipment,” said the Deputy Director.
He said the reason why the vehicles are allocated for these two stations is because most of their operational vehicles are now in bad condition after the last allocation in year 2012.
More so, taken into account the distances and long term need to guarantee the operational capability of RSIPF to respond to incidents, more effectively seeing Western is the border province to neighbouring Bougainville Island of Papua New Guinea.
According to Mr Pitamama, a proposed audit tour for other provincial police is being scheduled and this is to determine the RSIPF assets including vehicles for them before submission for vehicle allocation is made.
“The vehicles are part of seven vehicles purchased by the RSIPF last year in 2017 through the Solomon Islands Government current budget and strengthening programme funding for police,” said the Deputy Director.