30 Sep 2002

Former MEF spokesman calls for better-trained front line police in Solomon Islands

10:23 am on 30 September 2002

The former spokesman for Solomon Islands' Malaita Eagle Force says its time to stop arguing about who the new Police Commissioner should be and concentrate on improving the performance of front-line police.

Andrew Nori told Solomon Islands Radio that the police force needs a new set of objectives, a new mission statement, a new commision and a new national assignment.

Mr Nori says this will automatically affect the output and work performance of the men and women in the force.

Mr Nori says the debate over whether a new commissioner should be an ex-patriate or a Solomon Islander presumes that it is the new commissioner who will solve the country's law and order problems.

But Mr Nori says it is not the commissioner who patrols the streets of Honiara, Auki or Gizo.

Nor does he answer calls for help from residents or attend crime scenes and arrest suspects.

Mr Nori says that is the role of the police officer on the beat.

He says what the country needs most are good policemen or women who love their work and are proud of the nation.