RETIRED AUCKLAND POLICE COMMISSIONER NOMINATED FOR SOLOMON ISLANDS JOB

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (July 22, 1999 – PACNEWS)---A retired Commissioner of Police from Auckland, New Zealand, has arrived in Honiara to discuss his nomination as Solomon Islands Police Commissioner with government officials.

Rangi Rangihika, a Maori, arrived in the capital today.

He has not formally accepted the appointment. It is understood he is in the country to negotiate a contract with the government of Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa’alu.

If he accepts the position, Rangihika will replace outgoing Commissioner Frank Short, a South African.

Short, in a radio interview, said it has been difficult for the Royal Solomon Islands Police Service to maintain law, order and security because of insufficient resources.

He said the Solomon Islands Government must have a well-equipped and trained police force. This, he said, is important if national security is to be provided.

According to Short, while he has worked hard to improve the service, much more still needs to be done.

Short said he hoped, with donations from development partners and continuous support from various organizations, improvements in the force could be made.

Commissioner Short’s two-year contract ended yesterday.

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