22 Jul 2004

Rebuild Solomons police, say RAMSI head

10:20 am on 22 July 2004

The outgoing Special Co-ordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands says one of the country's key goals over the next twelve months is to rebuild its police force.

Nick Warner, who is to be replaced next month as the head of RAMSI, says the Australian-led intervention's seen some great successes in law and order, and the foundations of the nation building process.

But ahead of celebrations to mark the first anniversary of the RAMSI mission this weekend, Mr Warner stresses that there is a lot of work left to do.

He says RAMSI could be operating in Solomon Islands for years to come, and that rebuilding an effective police force would be one of its priorities.

"In another twelve months, what I'd like to think that we would achieve is further substantial progress in rebuilding the Royal Solomon Islands Police - rebuilding its professionalism, rebuilding its discipline - so it's a force that police officers are proud to be part of."