RSIPF officers undergo ‘Exercise Coastwatchers’ training

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Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have started a two-week training course focused on the delivery of patrol skills, remote patrol planning and the execution of a policing patrol to one of the islands in the country.

The Exercise Coast Watchers training opened today 20 November 2017 at the Rove Police Headquarters in Honiara and is conducted by eight members of the Military Training Team of the Australian Defence Force.

It is attended by 28 officers from Honiara City, Guadalcanal, Western and Choiseul Provinces as well as officers of the RSIPF’s Police Response Unit, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit and the Maritime Unit

The training will include the following modules:

  • Commanding a patrol;
  • Preparation and delivery of a concept of operation (CONOPS) brief, a commander’s back brief and section level orders;
  • Navigation;
  • Vehicle check points;
  • Basic Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Response( HADR) considerations; and
  • First aid training.

The training will include a practical patrol exercise that will be conducted in the Shortland Islands of the Western Province, using the patrol boat RSIPV Auki.

 At the opening of the training, Commissioner of Police, Matthew Varley thanked the instructors and the Australian High Commission for their support in facilitating the training program for the RSIPF.

“The job I want you to do is to learn from these instructors over the next two weeks and put into practice what you will learn to protect our borders and our people.”

Commissioner Varley: “The responsibility for the next few weeks is vested in you. You need to make full use of every moment you have with the instructors and learn everything possible from them as they have come far away to come assist us.”

  • RSIPF Media