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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (PFnet News, June 30) - Fifteen Solomon Islands police officers yesterday began a month-long training course on the handling and maintenance of Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) at the Marine School in Honiara.

PPF Assistant Commissioner Bob Lehmann in a statement explains that the course includes modules on navigation, emergency procedures, marine legislation, outboard motors and maritime radio communication and is the first of several planned courses.

He reveals that studies in other countries indicated the RHIB was the most suitable small operational vessel to deploy in the Solomon Islands environment.

"It is relatively lightweight and easy to maintain, sturdy and stable both close to shore and further out to sea," he adds in the statement.

According to PPF Assistant Commissioner Lehmann the RHIBs will be deployed to most PPF Provincial Police Posts to improve police access to villages and islands across the Solomon Islands with the aim of enhancing community confidence and safety through an increased police presence and visibility.

July 1, 2004

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