Law enforcement in the Solomon Islands

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Solomon Islands suffered a significant ethnic conflict between 1998 and 2003, 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 Force (RSIPF), and at least one local constabulary, in Honiara, the capital.

A commissioner who reports to the minister of police heads the RSIPF of approximately 1,140 members. This force was supported by 155 RAMSI officers, who serve as advisors 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 22 December, authorities declared him an "undesirable immigrant" while he was out of the country and did not allow him to return. There were 43 police stations open throughout the country.

The RSIPF has an Investigations Unit to monitor police discipline and performance (Professional Standards and Internal Investigations).

List of RSIPF Commissioners[edit]

Name Term of Office Notes
Start End
Sir Fred Soaki 1982 1996
Frank Short July 1997 June 1999
Morton Siriheti July 2000 December 2002
Bill Morrell (UK) 28 January 2003 March 2005 [1][2]
Shane Castles (AFP) April 2005 December 2006 [2][3]
(vacant) December 2006 15 May 2007 [3]
Mohammed Jahir Khan (Fiji) 15 May 2007 May 2008 [3]
Peter Marshall (acting) (NZ) May 2008 March 2009
Peter Marshall March 2009 7 February 2011
Walter Kola (Acting) 7 February 2011 2 May 2012
John Lansley 2 May 2012 2 May 2013
Juanita Matanga (Acting) 3 May 2013 29 August 2014
Frank Prendergast (AFP) 29 August 2014 Present [4]


  1. ^ "The Pacific's first failed state?". The Economist. 13 February 2003. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Australian set for top cop job". The Age. 6 April 2005. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Fijian is new Solomon's police chief". Nine News. 15 May 2007. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "New Solomons Police Commissioner sworn in". Retrieved 29 August 2014. 

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