The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has farewelled Assistant Commissioner (AC) Mr Joseph Manelugu Wednesday this week in Honiara.
Supervising Commissioner RSIPF Mr Ian Vaevaso during the farewell dinner said Manelugu was obviously one of the longest serving members of the RSIPF.
He has served the RSIPF 36 years.
Vaevaso said since joining the RSIPF on 13 January 1986, he had served in various departments in the force particularly in the field of investigations. He also had spent quite a substantial number of years as a provincial crime investigation officer for the Central Islands Province, and later appointed to the role as Operation Manager for the same province, a position he held for almost nine years with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Vaevaso said Manelugu was then promoted to the rank of Inspector in 2014 and took up the position as Principal Investigator with the Professional Standards Internal Investigation. A year later in 2015, Manelugu was again promoted to the rank of Superintendent, and he took up the position as Director Police Communications. Not long after, he was appointed to take up the position of Provincial Police Commander for Guadalcanal Province.
In 2017, Manelugu was eventually promoted to the rank of AC police for Provincial Policing, the rank in which he held until his retirement, Mr Vaevaso added.
Vaevaso told Manelugu: “You have left us with a legacy to remember of your exceptional leadership, discipline and professionalism.”
Manelugu during is farewell also highlighted some changes in the organisation in terms of manpower, infrastructure improvement, mobility assets, capacity developments and others. He also mentioned some challenges that need the RSIPF needed to focus on to make improvements.
The outgoing AC also highlighted discipline, integrity, professionalism, respect, performance, time management and team work as part of the RSIPF culture.
He encouraged the current executive to visit and keep on reminding officers on police regulations. He has mentioned that leadership is a challenge.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional (MPNSCS) Ms Karen Galokale on behalf of the Solomon Island Government thanked Manelugu for his long term service to the people of Solomon Islands.
The farewell dinner occurred with a presentation of certificate of appreciation, plaque and gifts from some members of the RSIPF Executive and the two police partner programs.