The Police Response Team (PRT) of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) provided an escort and static security for a high level delegation from Honiara who was in the Shortland Islands in the Western Province on 26 November 2019 to do an assessment for a proposed naval base.
The team included officers from the Office of the Prime Minister’s, the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Immigrations, Customs and a team from Australia. They are there to do an assessment for a location to build a naval base in the Shortland Islands.
The naval base will accommodate all Solomon Islands Government law enforcement agencies including the RSIPF, Customs, Immigrations and Bio-Security.
Tactical Commander, at the Police Forward Command Post (PFCP) at Kulitanai, Inspector Kerry Sireheti says, “We merely escorted the high level delegation due to the fact that we are not far from the common border with Papua New Guinea.”
“Security of our people is paramount as they here in the common border region. We must make sure that they are safe.”
“My officers will provide static security for members of the delegation while they are in the Shortlands and as they move around to the various islands within the group. They will visit Korovou, Lofung and Kulitanai. The delegation will also move to Taro to do the same assessment,” says Inspector Siriheti.