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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, June 6) – Papua New Guinea yesterday sent four senior forensic police officers to Solomon Islands to help with investigations into the April 18 unrest, where buildings were burnt down. Also this year the Bomana Police College outside Port Moresby will start recruiting and training Solomon Islands police.

Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea Bernard Bata’anisia yesterday told the Post-Courier the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister Patterson Oti met with Papua New Guinea Police Commissioner Sam Inguba to iron out the details of the training and the assistance from the Papua New Guinea Government. The Papua New Guinea officers to Solomon Islands include Chief Sergeant Gaspar Logoson, a finger print expert who is also the team leader, Senior Constable Felix Rayabrum, document examiner, First Constable Ronald Yaneku, expert in arson cases and crime scene examiner and Constable Samuel Koi, the forensic photographer.

Mr. Bata’anisia said Papua New Guinea offered to train Royal Solomon Island police at Bomana during Mr. Oti’s meeting with Mr. Inguba.

Mr. Oti is also acting Minister of Police and National Security. "I farewelled the four officers this morning (yesterday) and the Solomon Island Government is very pleased and thankful to the assistance given by the Papua New Guinea Government," Mr. Bata’anisia said, "This is Papua New Guinea’s contribution to our Government to help investigate the April 18 turmoil which saw our government in chaos. And for the first time, Papua New Guinea’s Bomana College will start recruiting/training police officers from Solomon Islands. This is a very good thing for our Royal Solomon Islands Police."

June 7, 2006

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