THE Minister for Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Honorable Anthony Veke has commended the latest Policing Partnership between the Governments of the Peoples Republic of China and Solomon Islands.
Minister Veke together with Chinese Ambassador Li Ming, Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau, Representatives of the PRC Police Liaison Team and senior officials to witness the handover of police riot equipment to the RSIPF at the Rove Police Headquarter in Honiara, Thursday.
“We are here again to witness the continuous support by the Government of the Peoples Republic of China to Solomon Islands. And for the RSIPF this support is deeply appreciated and are received wholeheartedly,” Minister Veke said.
Despite the onslaught of COVID-19 and its rapid community transmission, the mandate to maintain law and order remains a priority for the RSIPF. And the RSIPF, though limited in capacity will continue to deliver on those duties and any support to help is accepted with deep gratitude.
“It is good to see the cooperation with new partners is thriving in the spirit of respect and honour. In this respect, I wish to highlight that the Solomon Islands Government has respect for all its partners, and it is our intention to work closely with all partners with the essence of partnership and cooperation, for the benefit of unity and peace in our nation,” Minister Veke added.
Minister Veke acknowledged that Covid-19 is not only a health issue, but also a security issue and requires working together as a global family to address and support the police force in their duties.
The sudden arrival of Covid-19 amongst has made police normal operations, as well as, containing the spread of the virus, both a daunting and tiring task as the society is living in unprecedented times, and people are struggling to come to terms with the new norms, as well as, dealing with new strict policies being imposed.
This are also catalyst for possible security scenarios and concerns. The possibility for disagreements and confrontations is likely, as communities and societies bow under the pressure of Covid-19 protocols and policies.
“We understand that the fabric of society’s livelihood is affected, and it has a potential to trigger issues. Hence, the RSIPF must be ready to address this matters professionally and in a safe manner. Since their duty is to not only to maintain law and order, but protect the lives of people in this country,” Minister Veke said.
He said in order to carry out their duties, the RSIPF needs to be prepared and equipped to deliver and always important to be prepared for the worst scenarios, as this will help in delivering an effective plan when the situation is called for.