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The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) patrol boat RSIPV Lata is currently in the Shortland Islands in the Western Province for border patrol duties.
Deputy Commissioner for Operations, Gabriel Manelusi says, “The RSIPV Lata left Honiara on an operation to monitor movement of people in and out of the common border area with Papua New Guinea and other activities in the Shortland Islands.”
“On board the RSIPV Lata are officers of the Police Response Team (PRT) with representatives of Honiara based specialised Departments and Divisions. They have been tasked to team up with RSIPF officers in the Western and Choiseul Provinces to investigate alleged criminal activities of people crossing the common Solomon Islands – PNG border.”
“The RSIPF has the primary mandate to ensure the citizens of the Shortlands are not threatened by criminal activities and that Solomon Islands’ interests are not undermined by any foreign nationals who are not authorised by the laws of this country or any recognised agreement signed by the Solomon Islands Government with our neighbour PNG to do business on our side of the common border,” says DC Manelusi.
“I call on the people of Shortland Islands and Choiseul Province to assist our police officers who are deployed to the border on board police patrol boat and as well our officers stationed in Western and Choiseul Provinces with any information on illegal activities going on in the common border with neighbouring Bougainville Island and as well involving our own citizens on our side of the border,” he said.
Meanwhile, Police at Taro in the Choiseul Province are investigating the alleged firing of a firearm at the Luti Logging Camp in South Choiseul on 28 March.
“It is alleged that at around 9 am on 28 March three security officers from a local security company went up to a logging concession area. When the security officers approached the area of operation, they heard what was believed to be a gunshot coming from the nearby bush. The security officers returned and reported the alleged gunshot to their supervisor who informed Police here at Taro,” says Provincial Police Commander, Choiseul Province Superintendent Cedar Nevol.
“Since the incident was reported my officers have been investigating the matter but so far no arrests have been made. I appeal to members of the public around the area of the alleged incident at the Luti Logging Camp to come forward with any information they may have that might assist the Police with their investigation into the matter,” says PPC Nevol.
Superintendent Nevol explains: “It is illegal for anyone in Solomon Islands to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Members of the communities in Choiseul Province are encouraged to report any one who they know that is in possession of a firearm or ammunition to the Taro Police Station,” he said.
SOURCE: SOLOMON STAR/PACNEWS
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