8 Jun 2009

Prediction that Solomons will again have a local heading its police by end of next year

7:48 pm on 8 June 2009

The Royal Solomon Islands Police should be again headed by a Solomon Islander by the end of next year.

That is the view of the departing Deputy Police Commissioner and Commander of the Participating Police Force under the Regional Assistance Mission, Australian Dennis McDermott.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Commission reports Mr McDermott saying when New Zealander Peter Marshall ends his tenure as Solomons Police Commissioner in 18 months the Solomons' Government wants a local appointed to head the force.

He says he shares the same vision.

In his farewell Mr McDermott urged the RSIF to play its role in rebuilding the nation.

He says an effective police force will create the stable environment the Solomons needs for the social change required to move the country forward in a positive way.

The new Commander of the PPF, Wayne Buckhorn, has also become a Deputy Commissioner of the RSIP.