12 Sep 2003

Some Solomons police unhappy with probes by foreign force

6:54 am on 12 September 2003

Solomon Islands police are to meet today to discuss the work of the Australian-led intervention force amid concern about investigations into local police officers.

The meeting comes a day after a police officer with links to Malaitan militants, Superintendent James Kili, faced new charges, including receiving stolen property.

Some police officers are not happy with aspects of the work of the foreign police, particularly in relation to probing the activities of Solomons officers.

Last week, the deputy police commissioner, Bob McDevitt, warned that a major overhaul of the police was needed, which he described as probbaly the greatest challenge he has faced.