POLICE need community and public support to tackle serious crime in Honiara city.
This came after the city had experienced some serious crimes in the past months like the senseless attack on a Renbel chief at Kingsley fast food bar last November and the Westpac bank robbery this month.
Honiara Police city commander Jack Balaga said, there should be a concerted effort by everyone in order to provide a safer environment to enjoy the services in the city.
Mr Balaga said, policing is not only the work of few police officers but everyone living in the city.
He said, the response by the public in helping Police arrest the suspects of the bank robbery was the kind of relationship that should be maintained to curb crimes in the city.
“As we know in any city that is developing it will associate with crimes and anti-social behaviours.
“This is because we have more liquor business and more employments, which reflects high population growth in one place,” Mr Balaga said.
He said, after the bank robbery, police were looking at implementing the preventing first strategy like what the Honiara City Council law enforcers are doing with the seven meters by-law.
“We are thinking of engaging with the community to build a good foundation with them, media awareness and further community visits,” the commander said.
However, Mr Balaga said generally, the recent bank robbery does not have drastic impact on the peace and security people are enjoying.
By EDDIE OSIFELO