17 Feb 2010

Vanuatu police say new stations will save money

11:24 am on 17 February 2010

The police in Vanuatu says the establishment of eight new police stations will save money from deploying police to remote areas without police presence.

Plans are under way to build new stations across the country including Low Island, Sola, Malo, Pentecost and Santo.

The Police Commissioner Joshua Bong says there are currently only four main police stations in the country's 80 islands and says remote areas are lacking the service they require.

He says it's also expensive to deploy police to areas of need.

"All the islands in Vanuatu are scattered. You have to travel across sea water, so it's not very easy to deploy someone from different locations which don't have a police force. So it's very difficult. And it's very costly as well."

Joshua Bong says funding has been secured to begin construction on two new stations in the north and one in the south.

The project is expected to take five years.