“Be passionate about your work and above all put God first in whatever we do.”
Those are the words of Inspector Eileen Rose Nala, 40 years old, of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF).
Inspector Eileen from Kadova Village in North East Choiseul who currently heads the Sexual Assault Unit at the RSIPF Headquarters at Rove, Honiara, has her own reasons for joining the Force
“I was looking around after completing my secondary education on what to do in order to help my own community. Every community need to live in a peaceful and crime free environment. I wanted to become a police officer to help keep my community and the rest of Solomon Islands peaceful and crime free,” says Inspector Eileen who completed her high school at the Choiseul Bay Provincial Secondary School in 2000.
She was recruited into the RSIPF in 2002.
Since her recruitment, Inspector Eileen served in various departments of the RSIPF before being promoted to her current rank of Inspector.
Over the years, Inspector Eileen continued her education taking various courses at the University of the South Pacific Solomon Islands Campus and English language training at the Christian College in Honiara graduating recently with a Diploma in English Writing.
“A police officer must have patience, understanding and respect when dealing with members of the public. We have taken the Oath to serve our country Solomon Islands. This includes good customer service to satisfy what the public expects from the police,” says Inspector Eileen in the light of some criticism of the service provided by the RSIPF.
She adds, “Being a police officer is not easy, especially being a woman with a family. But going through challenges is good for me. That is how I learn and become strong in my duty as a police officer. I encourage my female colleagues to feel the same.”
“Police officers must help each other. Let’s share our experiences and knowledge as a way of developing our capability within the RSIPF. Let us share our challenges and find ways of coming out of the valleys of life. Let us put God first in our families and our work place.”
“Let us build the trust that our people have put on our shoulders and not allow the distractions of life to sway us from what is in our Oath of office. If we cannot maintain the trust and confidence that the people of this country have in us, then I think we should seriously consider an exit strategy,” Inspector Eileen reminds her over 1,500 colleague officers and those in the police recruitment process.