11 Apr 2007

Solomons police reject criticism of role in tsunami clean up

10:02 am on 11 April 2007

The police chief in Solomon Islands say officers are doing the best they can to help people despite also being affected by last week's earthquake and tsunami.

The police have reportedly been criticised for not doing their jobs properly, but the Deputy Commissioner, Peter Marshall, says that is not true.

He says they have moved from immediate disaster relief to working with aid and emergency agencies to help people in the worst hit regions.

Mr Marshall says many officers, particularly in Gizo, have suffered as much as anyone else, and have no social security or insurance to fall back on.

He also says the pressure on the force has led to extra staff being brought in from other areas.