3 Jul 2017

Zero tolerance for police brutality in Solomons - Varley

11:07 am on 3 July 2017

The Solomon Islands police commissioner says he will not tolerate any brutality in his force and has called on the public to report any grievances to his office.

Solomon Islands' Police Commissioner, Matthew Varley (L), and RAMSI special coordinator Quinton Devlin (R).

Solomon Islands' Police Commissioner, Matthew Varley Photo: Solomon Islands UNDP

Matthew Varley's comments come as the force takes on full responsibility for national security without the support of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, whose last contingent left on Friday.

Mr Varley says the Royal Solomon Islands Police force has expanded and strengthened its professional standards unit which is investigating some officers following complaints from the public.

"We take those cases very seriously and we have specialised internal investigators who review these cases, investigate them and we have independent disciplinary tribunal officers. We have cases before us now with exactly that allegation that people have been mistreated. My message is if that occurs we want the public to report if to us and we will take swift and firm action as we have proven to do in the past."

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