12 Dec 2013

Solomons' politicians lose confidence in the country's police

8:09 pm on 12 December 2013

Members of the Solomon Islands Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee are voicing concerns over corruption in the police force.

It comes as PAC members consider next year's budget for the Police and Correctional Services.

Opposition MP for Aoke-Langalanga, Mathew Wale, alleges corruption is rife in the force with officers accepting bribes to delay or put aside investigations.

Mr Wale says he holds zero confidence in the force.

The PAC chairman, Douglas Ete, says he and members of the East Honiara constituency are losing their trust and confidence in the nation's law enforcers.

The acting Commissioner of Police, Juanita Matanga, says most police officers do a commendable job but a few officers are not helping improve the image or integrity of the force.

The Ministry of Police and National Security says it will investigate the PAC members' concerns.