By EDDIE OSIFELO
THE White River Community Neighbourhood Watch group in West Honiara was boosted with new equipment yesterday.
Thanks to Member of Parliament for West Honiara, Namson Tran, who provided $8000 to allow the group to purchase new set of torches, solar panel Street light, tent, boots, radio, vests, cones and uniforms to implement their work.
The Group had been doing the job on voluntarily basis in the last three months to tackle crimes rate in the community.
Constituency Development Officer, Brian Taupiri said the support is important to assist the group control crime rates at White River.
Taupiri said the group is working alongside the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) to tackle nuisance, swearing, shouting and alcohol consumption by youths in the community.
“The Police endorsed the Group’s letter when they applied for the assistance.
“We see this request as very important in order to boost the group’s work to maintain peace in the community,” Taupiri said.
He calls on households on White River to provide any assistance they can afford to the group like coffee, smoke and other needs to motivate the group to provide night watch.
Taupiri said this is important to make sure White River is a safest community in Honiara where people can enjoy peace and harmony.
Further to that, he said one of the constituency’s aims is to see the work of this group regulated to carry out their work.
Taupiri said he will find out if this group can be regulated under any laws of the country.
One of the group leaders, Junior Teikamata thanked Taupiri and their Member of Parliament for the assistance to boost their work.
Teikamata also thanked the Police for helping them with the endorsement letter to secure the assistance.
He said White River is known for crimes like stealing, shouting and drinking disorderly, as such his group decided to turn the picture around to give a good name to the community.