25 May 2005

Vanuatu Police Commissioner doubtful security firm is enticing his members away

10:13 am on 25 May 2005

Vanuatu's acting Police Commissioner Arthur Caulton says he has still not yet received any resignations by members of the force reportedly being enticed to work for a security firm.

Earlier this month the Port Vila Presse reported that the majority of Vanuatu Force members were applying to join a private security firm, jointly run by ni-Vanuatu ex-force member Michael Taun and two Australians.

Mr Caulton denies that Vanuatu's police stocks are about to be greatly depleted.

He says the Police Commission has twice invited the Firm to discuss what conditions they are offering the members but had no response.

Mr Caulton says at this stage it's quite doubtful that the firm is offering the substantial amount of pay and allowances that has been reported recently in the media.

"Unless the private security firm can surely put something concrete on what it's offering, I think most of the members will not be obliged to join up with that security firm."

Arthur Caulton