The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has successfully concluded a Public Order Management (POM) Level 1 Instructor’s Course last week.
In a statement yesterday the Police Media Unit said Thursday 2 October 2014 marked a significant milestone for the RSIPF training history following the successful completion and graduation of Nauruan police officers.
The officers have undergone three weeks of intensive training at the Participating Police Force compound at GBR and was officiated by the Acting Assistant Commissioner of the RSIPF Mr John Walenenea.
The six Nauru police officers who arrived in the country three weeks ago have been undergoing a POM Instructor’s Course at the Police Headquarters at Rove and also at GBR.
The training was facilitated by instructors from the Officer Safety Training (OST) Faculty of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Academy.
The training was an intensive three week program which the officers successfully completed and subsequently attained their Public Order Management Level 1 Instructors qualifications.
The program focused on providing participants with the capability to deliver professional POM training and the capability of the newly graduated instructors has been enhanced through the training they received.
They can now confidently train and communicate preeminent practical skills and tactics relating to public order management to other police officers.
The successful completion of the training is an enormous development as officers are now equipped with appropriate skills with the eligibility to convey and share their experience with their colleagues.
This is expected to motivate officers to respond to any public disorder situation effectively and confidently.
At GBR, the Nauru police officers were given the opportunity to conduct practical sessions of what they have learnt.
The training sessions were boosted with the support of PPF officers who have already undergone the POM Level 1 training who volunteered to form a response unit for the practical sessions.
The Nauruan officers were put through experimental situations and were required to respond according to what they have learnt as POM Instructors.
Taking turns; the Nauruan police officers skilfully and confidently guided the police response volunteers through the various responses and formations.
Public order management is a critical capability required by police forces and law enforcement agencies to ensure community safety and national security which makes this training a significant one for both the RSIPF instructors and the Nauru police participants.
The Nauru Police Force particularly has benefitted greatly from the program as they now have qualified POM Level 1 Instructors which has increased their public order management capability while at the same time; RSIPF Instructors have significantly enhanced their capabilities in delivering such high level police trainings.
Having successfully completing the training, they are expected to return with instructors capabilities and be able to conduct general public order response training to other police officers in their home country.
One of the RSIPF OST instructors Constable Johnny Eric Niabo highlighted the huge benefit that both the participating Nauru police officers and the RSIPF instructor have acquired through this program.
“It is a pleasant moment since this is the first time for the Police Academy staff especially the OST Faculty to conduct a POM Instructor’s Course for police officers from one of the Pacific Islands neighbouring country like Nauru.
“This is indeed a significant achievement for the RSIPF to be recognised with trust and confidence by neighbouring countries in its capacity to deliver such professional policing training,” Mr Niabo said.
The RSIPF instructors were satisfied with the performances of the participants having seen the confidence shown by the Nauruan officers.
RSIPF POM Instructor Sergeant, Robin Mepirke commended the six officers for their commitment to the training program saying; “The officers were determined and did exhibited their ability to excel with their acquired new skills and capabilities.
“It has been very encouraging to witness the participants from Nauru demonstrating a positive attitude towards the training program with commitment and enthusiasm.
“The program successfully ended and I am extremely satisfied to have witnessed the trained instructors progressed,” Sergeant Mepirke explained.
“There were moments of fulfilment and contentment seeing them demonstrating their ability to confidently deliver professional public order management instructions throughout the training.
“They must be commended as they have performed to a very high standard and have been diligent and committed to learning new skills as public order management instructors,” he said.
“I am confident that having successfully completing this program, they will now go on to provide professional and specialised training for other police officers in their country,” Sergeant Mepirke said.