8 Apr 2013

Vanuatu President appoints new police commissioner

3:24 pm on 8 April 2013

Vanuatu's newly appointed Police Commissioner has pledged to ensure there is unity within the force.

Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Caulton had been the Acting Police Commissioner since the post was left vacant when Joshua Bong's term ended last year.

Commissioner Caulton was appointed by the Head of State, Iolu Abbil, after recommendations from the Prime Minister's Office and the Police Service Commission.

The appointment was followed by the reinstatement of over 20 suspended police officers by the Prime Minister, Moana Carcasses Kalosil.

The police officers were suspended last year following the arrest of Arthur Caulton and other senior officers who were accused of mutiny and inciting mutiny against Mr Bong.

The case was dismissed in court but when Mr Caulton took over as acting commissioner, he suspended those officers involved in the arrests.

The Commissioner says he has no personal issues with any officers and that he will work to ensure there is unity within the force.