Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has lauded the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) Particing Police Force (PPF) officers serving with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Close-Protection Police officers for instilling in their local counterparts professional competence.
The Prime Minister made the commendation in a farewell function he hosted for the RAMSI CPP personnel ahead of the RAMSI withdrawal at the end of next month (June). The function held last Friday was attended by the Commissioner of Police, Mathew Varley, RAMSI and PPF Advisers, RSIPF CPP officers and the wife of the Prime Minister, Madam Emmy and children Brandt, Shannon and Marydel.
“The arrival of RAMSI brought a new look to the work of the unit. They have restored the pride and instilled very high degree of professionalism in the work of the RSIPF CPP Unit.
“I am really impressed with the very high level of professional competence they (RAMSI CPP Personnel) have displayed. The credit must go to the long lists of RAMSI advisers in different levels of responsibility for more than 13 years of RAMSI’s existence in the country. Thank you very much, “the Prime Minister,” the Prime Minister said in his remarks to the Commissioner of Police and the heads of the RAMSI Policing contingent present at the occasion.
The Prime Minister added that the rearmament of the RSIPF CPP Unit is the highest form of confirmation that the officers of that unit have reached the level of professional competence to effectively take care of the safety of leaders and VIPs.
Turning to the RAMSI CCP personnel, Prime Minister Sogavare said, “You will certainly be missed by your local counterparts as well as myself and family and the Governor General to whom you are also providing protection services alongside your local counterparts. We have developed such a bond that the thinking that you will be soon leaving us is very difficult to accept, but then of course your countries need you.”
“I would also like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation to you all and all your predecessors for your committed service to the people of this country through the mentoring and training that you have provided for your local counterparts.”
“You have lived up to the expectations of the leadership of RAMSI and also this country and I wish you well in your future endeavours.”
The RAMSI PFF CPP personnel hail from Vanuatu, Fiji, Niue, Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Palau, Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia
Touching on the role of the CPP Unit, the Prime Minister said the unit plays a very important and challenging role in providing protection services to leaders and VIPs.
“The nature of the work of CPP is clearly not easy. It is a 24 hour service just like essential service workers. The responsibilities mandated to CPP officers make the CPP Unit one of the most essential units in the RSIPF, for the very reasons I have stated.
“The official and personal programmes of the leaders they serve determine their hours of work. If the Prime Minister is a drunkard, they will stay with him until he is sober enough to go home. They will be on-duty until the principal is safe in bed. They also stand in sentry at the principal’s residence to ensure he is safe in residence. That is what I call commitment.”
The Prime Minister said he only came to realise the importance of the issue of providing protective services for leaders in the year 2000 when he was elected to the highest political office in the land.
He recalled that period of time as extremely trying and CPP Officers who served then had to demonstrate extreme bravery in carrying out their duties because safety was a serious matter of concern every second of the day.
The occasion also included the presentation of gifts by the Prime Minister’s Office to the RAMSI CPP Personnel and Letters of Commendation by the Prime Minister to each of the officers. The RAMSI CPP Personnel also presented gifts to the Prime Minister and Madam Sogavare.