TWO Guadalcanal provincial police vehicles have been badly damaged after they were attacked at Tetere over the weekend.
The vehicles were stoned at the crime scene when police attended a robbery incident.
Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast confirmed the incident saying it was an unwanted community behaviour which he calls on the communities around the area to stop such bad and criminal act.
“This is an issue for the whole community when police is doing their job and instead attacked. This will make it difficult for police while doing their job. It is an expense not only for police but the entire community because it slows down police response time when people need help,” Prendergast said.
The police chief urged the community to work with police to minimise such incidence and report to police those involved in such unwanted activities.
Prendergast said police need the community to work with them to ensure such incidence does not happen because it is not an attack on police but also the community.
He said the damages will incur huge costs and time to repair the vehicles and will deprive police service to the community when its needed.
He said damaging of police vehicles will not only affects the work of police but also affects the community when they need police assistance.
Prendergast then appeals to the community to have respect for police in their course of duty to ensure law and order and peace within communities.
By DANIEL NAMOSUAIA