21 Mar 2013

New bill to inform public of police duties in Solomon Islands

12:00 pm on 21 March 2013

The Solomon Islands Government says the new Police Bill will strengthen the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force's operational capabilities.

It says this will help maintain law and order, ensure community safety and build community support and confidence.

The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Police and National Security, Edmond Sikua, who submitted the bill this week to the Parliamentary Bills and Legislation Committee, says it puts police functions, powers and responsibilities in plain language.

He says it will allow officers to confidently carry out their tasks with fairness and consistency.

But Mr Sikua says it will also better inform the public about the duties of the police officers and provide a transparent process for the investigation and punishment of breaches of discipline.

Staff will be selected on merit and there will be some allowance for community involvement in policing.