28 Jan 2008

Police in Solomon Islands waiting for recommendations on how to tackle child abuse

6:48 am on 28 January 2008

Police in Solomon Islands say they are waiting on a final report to evaluate what steps they will take to address the national issue of child sex abuse .

The Deputy Police Commissioner, Denis McDermott, told the Solomon Island Broadcasting Corporation that the reluctance of local people to cooperate with the police on child sex abuse allegations has halted investigations.

Mr McDermott says the report should include a range of recommendations on what steps the police should take to deal with the issue.

He says local people have ignored child sex abuse and it may be that general education is needed about the seriousness of the crime.