4 Feb 2011

The New Zealander who heads the Solomon Islands police ends his term today

1:53 pm on 4 February 2011

The New Zealander finishing his term as Royal Solomon Islands Police Force commissioner says he's particularly proud of the stabiliity the police have helped bring to the country during his tenure.

Peter Marshall is returning to New Zealand to become this country's police commander.

He has been in the Solomons for four years and today completes his last duties with Solomon Islander, Walter Kola, to be sworn in as acting commissioner on Monday.

Mr Marshall says there have been trying times for the country during this period, including the votes of no confidence in November 2007 that removed prime minister Manasseh Sogavare from office.

"There were tense times on the streets. We have been through the national general elections. We have been through lots of issues in relation to premier elections around the provinces and of course we had the sentencing of Honourable Jimmy Lusibaea and that caused some issues down around town, around Chinatown, but there's a renewed confidence, a new ability to plan and deal with those issues."