Law enforcement in the Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands have known a heavy ethnic conflict between 1998 and 2006, in which Australia and other Pacific countries eventually intervened to restore peace and order. The nation has no standing army, however there is a national police force, the Royal Solomon Islands Police, and at least one local constabulary, in Honiara, the capital.

A commissioner who reports to the minister of police heads the RSIP force of approximately 1,050 members. This force is supported by 250 RAMSI officers, who serve in line positions and in logistical and finance support. During 2006, an Australian police official served as commissioner on a contract funded by the Australian government. However, on December 22, authorities declared him an "undesirable immigrant" while he was out of the country and did not allow him to return. At year's end the police commissioner position remained vacant. There were 43 police stations open throughout the country.

The police service has an inspection unit to monitor police discipline and performance.

External links

*http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2006/78791.htm
*http://www.isiservicescorp.com/mjcpatch.html


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