Minister for Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Hon Stanley Festus Sofu has called for the collective support of all Solomon Islanders towards to the work of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force in ensuring a safe and secure Solomon Islands.

The Minister made the call in Parliament Wednesday 7th December 2016 when contributing to the debate on the 2017 Appropriation Bill 2016 (2017 Budget).

Further to acknowledging the $22-2 Million allocation to his Ministry’s Recurrent Budget from the 2017 Budget, though it is a reduction by $4,796,378 from this year’s Budget, Minister Sofu emphasized the importance of the entire nation supporting the local police in ensuring national safety and security in light of the June 2017 RAMSI exit.

Whilst Minister Sofu said he is confident that as RAMSI leaves, the Solomon Islands Government will take on the responsibility of ensuring that the RSIPF is capable of effectively providing policing services to communities nationwide, each and every Solomon Island also has a responsibility to play on this front.

“RAMSI is leaving and I as the Minister responsible for policing and national security, I would like to take this opportunity to call on all Solomon Islands to render support to our local police as they take charge again of policing in the country.

“It is not the responsibility of the government alone to ensure a safe and secure Solomon Islands. It is the responsibility of all Solomon Islanders-men and women, young boys and girls, leaders of all walks of life, village chiefs, church leaders, all 50 Members of Parliament and our Provincial Governments.

“We all need to work together with our police to ensure our safety and security and to avoid a repeat of the unfortunate situation that warranted the arrival of RAMSI.

“Let us prove to the world that we wanted peace and we will continue to ensure peace after RAMSI’s withdrawal,” Minister Sofu said.

Minister Sofu said a Capability Plan and Crime Prevention Strategy of the RSIPF that were approved by Cabinet this year provide for a clear pathway to the local law enforcement authority’s operational development and policing model.