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Police Commissioner visits Gizo

POLICE Commissioner Mathew Varley is on a visit to the Western Provincial capital, Gizo.

Upon arrival yesterday, Commissioner Varley met with the Province’s outgoing Acting Police Commander Vincent Eria, Western Province Premier Hon Wayne Maepio and the new Provincial Police Commander Chief Superintendent Mathias Lenialu.

Mr Varley introduced the new Provincial Police Commander to officers, community members and the provincial government.

Speaking during his courtesy visit to the Premier, Commissioner Varley said he is very happy to meet with police officers and the people of Western Province.

Among the topics of discussion where the border issue, RSIPF Community Policing, the Firearms Amnesty 2017 and RAMSI draw down.

He said he is happy to have heard that the provincial government is supporting the implementation of the crime prevention strategy.

From left Acting Provincial Police Commander Vincent Eria, Police Media Unit Officer Police Commissioner Mathew Varley shakes hand with the Western Province Premier Hon Wayne Maepio, Western Province new Provincial Police Commander Mathias Lenialu and Western Provincial Secretary Christian Salini at the Premiers office during Varley’s courtesy visit yesterday. PHOTO ALFRED PAGEPITU

Mr Varley said the whole purpose of the police force is to serve communities and we are very grateful for the partnership and commitment to working close with the communities and provincial government to support the work of the police.

“I would like to thank the Premier for highlighting some issues and the welcome you have given to us upon our visit here in your province.”

“I would also like to thank the Acting Provincial Police Commander for the great support and I guess the new Provincial Police Commander will work together with you and the officers in Western Province,” Mr Varley said.

Mr Varley also introduced the new Provincial Police Commander Mathias Lenialu to Premier Hon Wayne Maepio and he thanked Acting Provincial Police Commander Vincent Eria for his great job.

The new Provincial Police Commander comes from Temotu Province and is married to a woman from Nusabanga Island in the Roviana Lagoon.

Meanwhile, Premier Hon Wayne Maepio highlighted some work of the Police in the province and discussed other issues regarding border security with the Commissioner.

Hon Maepio said he is confident with the work of the Police in carrying out law and order in the province before RAMSI leaves this month.

Mr Varley spent last night talking with his officers and is expected to leave the province this afternoon.



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