The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) thanks the Government of Australia through the Solomon Islands Police Development Program (SIPDP) for the upgrade to the Tigoa Police Station and officers’ quarters in the Rennell Bellona Province
The $980,000.00 upgrade to the Police Station, Provincial Police Commander’s (PPC) House and two married quarters was officially handed over by the Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands Dr Lachlan Strahan during a ceremony at Tigoa last week.
The renovations comprised a new plumbing and electrical works, roofing, kitchen and bathroom fit outs, and new walls and doors. A verandah was also built for the married quarters. A septic tank and water tank were delivered to the PPC’s House and generators were also installed at all the houses.
“On behalf of the RSIPF as a whole, including the officers serving in the Rennell Bellona Province and the people that we serve in this province, I wish to sincerely thank the Australian Government through the SIPDP for this Project. This Project will greatly improve the working conditions and living quarters of the officers serving here at Tigoa,” says Supervising PPC Rennell Bellona, Staff Sergeant Eddie Peseika.
Supervising PPC Staff Sergeant Peseika explains: “The building housing the Tigoa Police Station was built by the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) some years ago now and since then it has not been renovated. The married quarters including the PPC’s residence have also been left to deteriorate over the years.”
“The upgrade to the Tigoa Police Station will mean that we will be able to serve our people here in a much better environment and our officers can go home after work to better living conditions,” says Staff Sergeant Peseika.
He adds: “I wish to also thank the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services and the Executive of the RSIPF for identifying the Tigoa Police Station and its married quarters as a priority project for funding under SIPDP.” “I call on my officers serving here at Tigoa and the members of the public in Rennell Bellona to respect the properties that have been recently renovated and upgraded for us by the people and Government of Australia,” says Staff Sergeant Peseika