HIGHER presence of police will be seen on the street and certain key locations over next week, says Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast.
He said this is due to the political development that is occurring since last week in Honiara.
“Police are aware of the political development occurring as of last week,” Mr Prendergast said.
“We will be putting in place measures making sure the parliament are able to operate peacefully and securely,” he added.
“The police don’t have role in politics but it is our job to ensure the parliament of the country can operate normally as needed.”
Mr Prendergast said police are looking for community cooperation to ensure that the business and politics can occur safely, securely and peacefully.
He said the issues that are being discussed in parliament at that moment are matters for the parliament, they are part of the democratic process and we all need to respect that process.
“We are not expecting issues, we are prepared for issues and we are urging the community as I have consistently over the last 12 months to work with us to ensure that democracy can occur in a way a democracy is supposed to happen.”
Mr Prendergast also informed media during the weekly police conference at the Rove Police headquarters that they will be running a high visibility taskforce.
The high visibility taskforce commenced yesterday and will continue on through-out the weekend.
He said police will be focusing on traffic, anti social behaviour crime and alcohol related crime.
He urged people to contact police on numbers 23666 and 999 if they have issues.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN