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Police training 'by Pacific for Pacific'

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Press Secretariat, MPMC

(SAMOA) — Fifteen operational Safety Instructors (OST) graduated last month after completing a strenuous five-week training delivered by qualified instructors from the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF).

This is part of the regional approach to delivering trainings in support of the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police “by Pacific for Pacific” theme. It enables qualify trainers from other policing organisations in the Pacific to deliver trainings regionally.

The training was made possible through the ongoing support of the Australia Federal Police through its Samoa Australia Police Partnership project funding.

The OST course compliments the Samoa Police Use of Force Policy. It teaches police officers on the use of force continuum and safety precautions.

OST involves theory and practical application of the use of force levels with simple commands, restrains tactics, self-defence tactics, handcuffing, batons and firearms training.

As part of the merit based selection two of the graduating instructors are female officers who have proven that women can succeed in any area.

Although, the training is considered to be physically demanding with dedication and commitment these two female officers have proven that it can be done.

Also in attendance at the Thursday, March 29 ceremony was the Australian High Commission Her Excellency Sara Moriarty who encouraged the graduate to use the opportunity to assist other officers.

Police Commissioner Fuiavailiili Egon Keil officially closed the course and extended his gratitude to the graduates, their families as well as to the Australia Federal Police and the Royal Solomon Island Police Force.

The new instructors will assist in delivering internal OST training for all Samoa Police sworn officers as part of capacity building which supports police frontline duties. It serves to protect officers from civil liabilities and uphold the good name of the Samoa police.

It is also anticipated that our local instructors will assist in delivering OST trainings for other Pacific policing organisations in the near future.

SPS wishes to acknowledge the support of the Australian Government and also the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.

(Source: Press Secretariat, Ministry of the Prime Minister & Cabinet)