Solomons Police Presence Increased For Arts Festival Security

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Public applauds police operations leading up to festival

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, June 25, 2012) – Solomon Islands police will be boosting its visibility throughout the coming days leading up to the opening of the Festival of Pacific Arts (FOPA) next month.

Police Commissioner John Lansley announced at a press conference that more police officers will be deployed throughout Honiara City, to be involved in the Operation Zero Tolerance.

"We have had tremendous success since implementing Operation Zero Tolerance; we have had good number of arrests and have charged people that break the laws.

"Also we were able to blend in well with the communities throughout Honiara City-we’ve been able to explain to them our jobs and also how the police and normal citizens can help each other in maintaining law and order not only in Honiara but the entire country," Mr. Lansley said.

He added that police have also been very pleased with the positive feedback and responses received from the public in relation to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force’s (RSIPF) current performance.

"More and more people are coming to us with very positive feedbacks not only in relation to the operation but also the general duties of the RSIPF as a whole.

"Some have said they feel more secure when walking the streets at night, others say that cracking down on drink drivers are helping avoid traffic accidents and the list goes on.

"Such positive responses will indeed boost the morale of the Police Force, whereby officers will see and feel that the public is again starting to gain confidence in the RSIPF," he said.

Mr. Lansley said these operations are gearing them towards the FOPA next month.

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