Solomon Islands Police set to acquire arms
Police are in the process of acquiring new weapons under the Staged Limited Rearmament Project. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police and National Security, Edmund Sikua, said under the exercise only three units within the force are being trained to handle the arms. They are the Police Response Team, the Close Protection Unit, and Police operating at international airports.
“Cabinet has already given us the approval to purchase the weapons,” Mr Sikua told a media workshop organised by RAMSI on the limited rearma- ment exercise. “We are now in the process of acquiring those arms,” he added. The cost of acquiring the weapons has not been disclosed. But the purchase will be done either in Australia or New Zealand. Mr Sikua said the new arms to be acquired will include shot guns, pistols, and rifles. “There will be no military-style weapons,” he explained.
As part of the limited staged rearmament, Mr Sikua said a new National Response Department facility has been finished, and will be officially opened in the com- ing weeks.
“The facility will house the Close Personal Protection team and the Police Response Team - the units that which will be rearmed.
“It will also include a new high-security armoury to store the firearms. “The armoury has stateof-the art access control and security features, which will ensure only those authorised will be able to access the stored firearms.” Mr Sikua also said RAMSI has been providing training for officers who will handle the weapons. RNZI