What it’s like to be a fingerprint specialist, RSIPF female officer tells of experience

Sergeant Minnie Arosi

Solomon Islands now have its first finger print experts within the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.

Minnie Arosi is one of the first two females to qualify as an expert after successfully completing the training.

And since she joined the Forensic Unit within the RSIPF in 2006, Minnie does not regret any of it. This year marks her 13th as a police officer.

As a specialist in finger printing Minnie says, it is a challenging and a rewarding profession.

As with most women who enter the discipline forces anywhere in the world, Minnie says, “It only got hard when I got married and had children.”

This she says is because one cannot just get up and go when called to duty. With two children, household commitments and the nature of her work have given her a great deal of challenge.

Trained in New Zealand, Minnie is part of a unit most Solomon Islanders do not understand its work and how important it is to successfully track down criminals.

And as it is known by a few, this area of expertise is evolving every year with the speed of technology which results in crimes committed becoming more complex.

Minnie looks forward to the new Forensic Complex that is close to being completed at the Rove Police Headquarters.

She says, “The new complex will enable our unit to have state of the art equipment to do our work.”

Minnie who hails from Isabel and Guadalcanal leaves her specialists finger prints as a trail for future young Solomon Island women to follow.

-Police Media Unit