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An amendment to have only retired police officers in Police Service Commission

An amendment to have only retired police officers in Police Service Commission
An amendment to have only retired police officers in Police Service Commission
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A bill for an amendment in the Police Act will be brought to Parliament by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Ismael Kalsakau.
The amendment is to amend the Police Act (CAP 105).
The current Act provides that the members of the Police Service Commission are nominated by different offices such as the Prime Minister, the Minister responsible for Police, the Chief Justice, the Minister of Justice, the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission and the Chairperson of the Malvatumauri Council of Chiefs.
The Government has identified that these institutions responsible for nominating members of the Police Service Commission are nominating members based on their preferences, not necessarily in the calibre required to deliberate and make decisions on Vanuatu Police Forces issues.
As the Vanuatu Police Force issues are quite sensitive and complex, this amendment will provide that at least three members of the Commission nominated by the Minister must be retired members of the Force as they would have the vast experience and understanding on these issues and are in a better position to deal with them.
Furthermore, this amendment also provides that persons nominated as members of the Commission must not have any past criminal records. This is to add to the value of the decisions and work of the Commission.

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