The new Police Commissioner, Englishman, John Langsley says he wants to encourage more policing in partnership with the whole community including the government and private sector.
Mr Langsley who has served in Solomon Islands before, also wants to maintain the strong working relationship they have with the police from the Regional Assistance Mission, Ramsi.
He started by giving a brief history of his background as a police officer.
Presenter: Sam Seke
Speaker: John Langsley, Solomon Islands Commissioner of Police
LANGSLEY: I was a Metropolitan police officer for about 25 years and I finished in charge of one of the London boroughs, it's called Barking and Dagenham, which is in the east of London. I had a staff of about 600 people, and subsequently to that in 2003 I came to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force and was assistant commissioner in Honiara city, which is the capital of the Solomon Islands. And then subsequently I was the officer of charge of territorial policing across the whole of the Solomon Islands. And after that I left here in 2005, I worked in Sudan and Palestine as part of the European Union peacekeeping missions there, and then I got this fantastic opportunity to come back to the Solomon Islands and was fortunate to be chosen by the Solomon Islands government to be their new commissioner from this week.
SEKE: Obviously it sounds like you've got a fair bit of experience there in police work. Now what are your plans for the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force?
LANGSLEY: The obvious plan is to start by understanding what has changed in the last six or seven years since I've been here so I can be brought up to date with the quite significant changes that I've already seen that have taken place within the organisation, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force. What I would like to do that is develop the community policing strategy that was already in place to work together in a new more partnership approach with the community and the government and the business, because law and order and justice is a fact that effects everybody, and it means it's the responsibility of everybody to work together to deal with the matter of law and order. It's not just a policing function, it's a community function. So one of my first situations is to work in partnership and to work together to focus on patrolling, crime issues and public order.
SEKE: Now you mentioned there that you have noticed some changes already since you left in 2005. What's your understanding of the law and order situation in the country right now?
LANGSLEY: The difference I've noticed is that the whole country seems to be in a very, very strong position. I think the country is particularly welcoming when you arrive at the airport or the port now, and I think also in relation, particularly in relation to law and order there is a clear mandate from the government that the Royal Solomon Islands Police are being supported quite clearly by financial resources and by clear logistic and opportunity support.
SEKE: As the Commissioner of Police I believe you are also in charge of national security overall in Solomon Islands? The Regional Assistant Mission to Solomon Islands or RAMSI is effectively under your control as well. Now what are your plans how to work with RAMSI or the participating police force, if there's any changes or how do you think you'll work with them?
LANGSLEY: Well security is paramount and the national security is absolutely sacrosanct. And we will work with everybody to ensure that the security of the state is maintained. What I have noticed that the RAMSI as you call it, the participating police force are very, very, still very closely aligned with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force. We have significant support both in logistics and in personnel. The advice that we get from the officers from the participating police force is absolutely vital and very valuable in supporting my officers in their day to day work, and in the long-term planning and project management. So I am very used to working with the participating police force. Obviously I worked in conjunction with them with my previous time here, and the welcome that I've had from the participating police force and in fact everybody within the Solomon Islands has been quite overwhelming, and I do not see any other situation that we will develop a very, very strong and healthy working relationship.