Commissioner of Police Mostyn Mangau has instructed senior members of the RSIPF and Provincial Commanders to stop accepting any gifts following accusations against the police force for receiving gifts over the Christmas from the Peoples Republic of China.
The RSIPF has come under the spotlight from a former police commissioner, Frank Short who said that the RSIPF should not accept goods from PRC but a letter thanking them would be enough. In addition to Short, Transparency Solomon Islands has condemned RSIF for accepting the goods. The goods delivered by China include solar-power lights and torch lights as well as face-masks.
When pressed by SBMOnline during a press conference yesterday to state RSIPF’s positon on the gifts, Mangau said: “I have given instructions (to all senior RSIPF officers) that accepting of gift from anyone will be stopped and any (gifts) has to come through the Commissioner’s Office.”
“With this current issue I am working with my executive, managers and commanders of all the provinces to ensure that dealing with any outside organizations should only come through the Office of the Commissioner.”
He however stresses that such giving (Chinese gifts) does not comprise the work of police.
“It must come through the Office of Commissioner for consideration,” he said.
On the gifts from PRC to the Central Police Station over the Christmas, Mangau confirms that his officers received the goods before he was informed.