Deputy Commissioner (DC) Operation Ms Juanita Matanga is visiting Malaita Province after the State of Public Emergency (SoPE) was lifted recently.
The visiting team made a courtesy visit to the Office of the Honourable Premier of Malaita Province to discuss some key areas to work on, especially on policing matters within the province.
The visit will be for a week, where the team will visit some outposts and police stations in some parts of Malaita Province. The team will also have time to visit the Maliata Christian Care Centre (MCCC) office in Auki.
DC Mantanga says, “The purpose of the visit was for me to come and visit officers on the ground as the SoPE was lifted recently. This is because a lot of challenges were faced by the frontline officers during the COVID-19. I take this chance to come and say thank you to the officers.”
Ms Matanga says, “Especially for their hard work in doing work to support the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) as they are the frontline officers who confront and fight against the COVID-19.”
She says, “Since Malaita Province is one of the bigger provinces in the Solomon Islands with a big population, it is important for me and the team to come and visit the officers on the ground to give them moral support despite the many challenges they are facing in daily policing.”
“As someone from the RSIPF Executive level who has the responsibility over the provinces, I am happy to come and visit them to have an audience to discuss matters related to police,” says DC Matanga.
Auki police have conducted a parade and DC Matanga was the guard of honour to inspect the parade. After the parade, a muster was conducted to officers with an open discussion with the frontline officers.