22 Oct 2007

Commander of Solomon Islands PPF admits training of local police needs to improve

8:11 pm on 22 October 2007

The commander of the Participating Police Force in Solomon Islands says it recognises a need to improve its training and relationships with local recruits.

The PPF, part of the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission, held a joint planning day with Solomon Islands police managers in Honiara on Friday.

The Commander of the PPF, Denis McDermott, says concerns raised by locals included whether the Solomons force is getting enough training, the need for better housing for officers and whether they can afford to maintain their vehicles.

He says the meeting marked a step forward in relations with local recruits.

"The big issue is the standard and quality of advisors that we provide to them. We need to focus more on the level of skills that they might require. We need to assist them more with mentoring and qualifications that they might need for the future."

Denis McDermott.