The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) appeals to the public in Honiara to respect government vehicles used by frontlines during the 36-hours lockdown from 6 pm 29 August to 6am 31 August 2021.
This follows five rock-throwing incidents that occurred on five different locations in Honiara resulting in the damage of three government vehicles used by the front lines on the night of 29 August 2021.
RSIPF COVID-19 Police Operation Commander, Assistant Commissioner (AC) Simpson Pogeava said I call on multiple cultural communities in Honiara to love your country, and that want to see this nation prosper and its people well protected from COVID-19, to respect our front liners during the 36-hours lockdown.
AC Pogeava said I want to remind you all that the only reason this country still enjoys freedom is the direct result of the sacrifices of our frontline workers. They deserve our appreciation, and not to be threatened or thrown at with rocks. Please accord them the respect they deserve.
Commander Pogeava said I call on communities in Honiara to respect our government vehicles during the lockdown period. I also urged communities to assist police with information to locate the suspects and report them to police.
Mr Pogeava said I would like to assure the community and the public that police carry out its duty by supporting the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to ensure the orders are adhered to. Police will not tolerate anyone breaching the orders under the State of Public Emergency.
He said the lock down simulation exercise is vital to maintain operational alertness and prepares the response capabilities of our frontline agencies as we continue to manage COVID-19 should there be any community transmission.