25 Mar 2011

First new homes given to Solomons police personnel

2:58 pm on 25 March 2011

The keys to the first of nearly 90 houses being built for police personnel in Solomon Islands were this week handed over to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.

The New Zealand high commissioner to Solomon Islands, Mark Ramsden, presented the keys in a ceremony at the Rove police housing compound in Honiara.

Another 80 houses are to be built - 50 funded by the Australian government and 30 paid for by New Zealand.

Most of the police housing had been deemed unfit for human habitation.

The new houses will provide secure accommodation for police officers and their families and are expected to play a key role in ensuring the force can meet its policing responsibilities around the country.