Senior officer leaves to join MSG unit

SENIOR Superintendent of Police Erami Raibe was yesterday farewelled by his colleagues and top police officials as he now joins the Melanesian Spearhead Group in its department of peacekeeping.

SSP Raibe will be stationed in Port Vila, Vanuatu for three months and will be in charge of conducting awareness programs on the Formed Police Unit, develop policies, doctrines and command course structures for the organisation.

“The establishment of the organisation was done to strengthen security capability and co-operation between member countries in the MSG region; nurture new dimensions of assistance to the United Nations Peacekeeping efforts; establish available capabilities within the region to be deployed for any instability through the UNDPKO, in the region or to any part of the world; and to contribute to the improvement of peace and security to our region,” police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said.

Commissioner of Police Ben Groenewald said SSP Raibe’s departure was a loss for the local force but it was a move that would ensure the betterment of all member countries of the MSG.

“Our loss is the MSG’s gain and I wish you well in your new posting as I know you have a lot to contribute towards the betterment of all member countries,” Mr Groenewald told SSP Raibe.

Two other local senior police officials had previously taken up the appointment. Assistant Commissioner of Police Isikeli Vuniwaqa and Senior Superintendent of Police Epineri Seibouma served in the same department in 2010 and 2012.