The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force spends between $800,000 to $1m a quarter on fuel for its fleets throughout the country, Commissioner Mostyn Mangau said.
He said this is the amount they spend a year on fuel on its transport (trucks, boats and ships) in the country.
He made the response to a question from journalists today on whether the recent additional vehicles from the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) now on the road would increase fuel consumption by police.
But Mangau said the vehicles will not increase fuel consumption as they come in as replacements so it stays within fuel consumption per quarter.
He said the new vehicles were replacing old ones that had already been tendered out.
Mangau confirmed that currently they are still operating under the required number of vehicles.
On the PRC donated vehicles, they are used by front liners and some operational work by the force.
He explained that in their internal control, only authorized officers are allowed to garage the vehicles.