29 Mar 2004

Progress being made in cleaning up Solomon Island Police force

7:04 am on 29 March 2004

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands says the police force there is progressively being cleaned up, with the current number of officers being investigated now up to 400

This compare to 17 cases being investigated when Ramsi moved into the country.

The special co-ordinator of Ramsi, Nick Warner, says the Police Force was a big part of the problems the country went through.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation quotes Mr Warner as saying proper systems of recruitment have been instituted to stop officers being employed on the basis of who they are related to.

Mr Warner said such practices undermined merit based recruitment.