By Fidelis Sukina – EMTV News, Port Moresby
32 Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary Officers were awarded medals, for their services in the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands.
The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force’s International Law Enforcement Cooperation Medal was awarded to the men and women, who served in the exercise from 2003 to 2017.
The medals were presented by RPNGC Deputy Commissioner Operations, Deputy Commissioner Jim Andrews.
Deputy Commissioner Andrews said it was with the permission of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force that the International Law Enforcement Cooperation Medal’s were awarded to the International Police Forces.
He added that the officer’s men and women, provided direct support to the RSIPF, assisting in law enforcement initiatives between 2003 and 2017, alongside soldiers and policemen from New Zealand, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu.
The officers performed peacekeeping duties and were based out of Honiara, with each of the 32 officers working a minimum of 180 days, within the 15 years of the RAMSI Exercise.
Deputy Commissioner Andrews said apart from the RAMSI mission, RPNGC is in talks with the United Nations, for future peacekeeping missions abroad.