Solomon Is­lands Po­lice set to ac­quire arms

Fiji Sun - - World News -

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

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