26 Aug 2013

Solomons expected to announce new police commissioner this week

8:53 am on 26 August 2013

A new police commissioner is expected to be announced in Solomon Islands this week.

A report by the Police and Correctional Service Commissioner containing the name of the new chief was handed to the Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo on Thursday.

Local media say Cabinet is expected to meet today to examine the report before the Prime Minister informs the Governor General of the successful candidate.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Anti-Corruption Network Solomon Islands, Barnabas Henson says a public survey by the group has revealed the public has confidence in the Englishman Frank Short.

"Because he has a good track record in his previous appointment as commissioner of police to the country. He is an expat. We believe he has the ability to maintain impartiality and integrity of the police."

Barnabas Henson says despite the peoples choice, he believes the government has a preference of its own.

Five applicants were interviewed for the role, including former commissioner Frank Short, the current Acting Police Commissioner Juanita Matanga, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police and National Security Edmund Sikua, and Assistant Police Commissioners Walter Kola and Peter Aorau-nisaka.