CALL TO REARM SOLOMONS POLICE RAISES CONCERN

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Training underway for non-armed responses

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, June 24, 2009) – Minister of Police and National Security James Tora says there’s a need for wider consultation before any action could be taken to rearm the police.

Mr. Tora was responding to suggestions in parliament yesterday for the Government to rearm the police.

This was raised during the parliamentary committee debate on the 18 April 2006 Commission of Inquiry report.

A number of MPs agreed to the suggestion.

West Honiara MP Isaac Inoke said the report has revealed that local police force lacked necessary rioting equipments.

"Therefore it’s high time that we rearm the police in order for them to respond well to future unrests," Mr. Inoke said.

But Tora said local police are now being trained to respond to such incident.

"They have shield and baton to deal with such incidents without arms," he said.

The riot respond squad last month demonstrated their skills after weeks of training under RAMSI police.

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