Dear Editor – Please allows space to cast my views on the unfair United Nations (UN) Peace Keeping Deployment selection process for RSIPF.
It looks as though the Commissioner and his two Deputy Commissioners were very unfair in their selection panel and interview process.
Those selected for the UN deployment were about five junior officers from Temotu Province only, with no wider experiences and skills in community policing.
Furthermore, the officers selected were not from the Community Policing Department too, but within the Administration cadre.
These officers are excluding Malaita, Makira, Choiseul, Central, Renbel, Isabel, Guadalcanal and Western Provinces.
Why, Commissioner? Is the Solomon Islands only made of Temotu Province and not the other 8 provinces, or may be another time?
The RSIPF will be a weaker organisation in law enforcement without Malaita and Guadalcanal with other provinces regardless of any experiences or UN exposure on these Temotu officers’ deployments.
Hence, another concern that looks very suspicious is that the officer, who manages and involved in the selection process selected himself for the deployment, another conflict of interest.
The Commissioner must clarify the unfair selection process.
In closing, why did the commissioner allow such selection process to happen without a good selection panel for a good mixture of officers by provinces?
Why did he fail to reward the senior officers in a fair process?
The commissioner has been misled by his executive and PPF Advisors, when it comes to international deployments, there must be a transparent and accountable process as per the RSIPF Code of ethics to avoid such in-discriminating and demeaning attitude.
Steve Peter Tariselo