The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) now have better accommodation for its new recruits following the completion of renovations to the police barracks at the Rove Police Headquarters in Honiara
The Australian Government funded Solomon Islands Police Development Program (SIPDP) funded the renovations at a cost of $230,000.00. The refurbished barracks were handed over to the Commissioner of the RSIPF, Mostyn Mangau by the Acting Commander of the SIPDP Heath Davies during a brief ceremony today (27 November 2020).
Commissioner Mangau explains, “The police barracks were in need of major renovations as the RSIPF continues with its recruitment of new officers in preparation for the 2023 Pacific Games. RSIPF is very thankful to SIPDP for agreeing to renovate the barracks in time for the next lot of recruitment expected to start before the end of this year. The renovated barracks can accommodate 70 officers.”
“SIPDP has provided over $230,000 to undertake the urgent repairs to the police barracks. SIPDP has also provided the RSIPF Academy with a 35-seat computer laboratory, computers and televisions in all classrooms, a renovated Academy kitchen and a gymnasium with two full time SIPDP physical trainers,” says Commissioner Mangau.
“I wish to acknowledge the continuous support from the Government of Australia through the SIPDP for the infrastructure developments of the RSIPF especially as Solomon Islands experiences the global COVID-19 pandemic. Tagio tumas.”
Acting Commander of SIPDP Mr Davies says, “I am very pleased to be able to handover the keys to the newly renovated barracks to Commissioner Mangau just in time for the next recruitment course which is scheduled to start next month subject to approval from the relevant Government ministries.”
“SIPDP stands ready to assist wherever it can with the priorities of the RSIPF as it continues to build its capacity to achieving its mandate of providing a safe, secure and peaceful Solomon Islands,” says Acting Commander Davies.