Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) are undergoing a four-day drone operator training starting today (1 December 2020) at the Rove Police Headquarters in Honiara.
The RSIPF Drone Operator Training includes three Officers from the National Response Department, one officer from the National Intelligence Department (NID) and two officers from the Drone Support Unit at the Rove Police Headquarters. The Training will end on 4 December 2020
Assistant Commissioner (AC) National Operation Evelyn Thugea says, “In November 2020, the Australian High Commissioner in cooperation with Solomon Island Police Development Program (SIPDP), handed over six drones to the Minister for Police Hon. Anthony Veke on behalf of the RSIPF Commissioner.”
AC Thugea explains, “The six DJI Mavic drones include four Mavic Zoom and two Mavic Enterprise with thermal cameras models, a popular brand of drones used by police agencies around the world.”
The Mavic drones will greatly enhance RSIPF capabilities including range of policing activities like:
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) Air Support Team, have produced a tailor made virtual training package for RSIPF as they were unable to travel to Solomon Islands due to the COVID-19 restrictions. This training package will be delivered via video and the practical elements will be delivered and assessed by SIPDP advisors with RSIPF support.
The training will include the following topics:
Media Release from RSIPF Media Unit