IT’S very risky or dangerous situation for this country or city to go back to a stage where people were not reporting matters to the police and as a result, criminals escape justice.
This was the strongest statement disclosed to the local media by the Commissioner of police Mathew Varley, during his weekly media conference held last week at the Rove police headquarters.
Mr Varley made this statement when responding to a question over reports of continuous road blocks at the Mbarande Bridge, in the eastern part of Guadalcanal.
In the report, it was alleged that road blocks have been in place for quite some time now but the matter was not reported to the police by locals in fear of retaliation from the offenders.
”The first thing I would say is, it’s important people don’t feel afraid to talk to the police, because if there are fear of retaliation, there’s always ways that we can have confidential discussion with people so that their identity is not revealed for their safety,” he said.
The police Commissioner said if people do not feel comfortable approaching the nearby police station to make contacts with police officers they know or to speak to relevant senior officers or the Provincial Police Commander there, there are number of ways that police can work with people to receive information in confidentiality.
He said sometimes the police are not aware of everything that is happening everywhere at the same time so they need to report every act of criminal nature to the police in order for the police to obtain detailed information on the reported case.
Commissioner Varley said if people are concerned about safety and security in their local communities, they must report them to the police because they exist to the safety and security of all persons and communities in the country.
He said the Police will now investigate the reports received from the Mbarande Bridge vicinity.
By JOHN HOUANIHAU
PAOA FM News