Despite being unsuccessful the first time he applied, 34 year-old Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Police Recruit (RCT) Max Saisai from Bina Harbour Village in West Kwaio, Malaita Province did not give up.
RCT Saisai tried the second time and was successful. He is now one of the 69 recruits comprising the second group of recruits for 2019 who are currently undergoing the six months training at the Rove Police Headquarters in Honiara. They started in December 2019.
“I could have easily gone for another job like in business and management following my training at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) but my concern for the increasing youth population in my community made me wanted to be become a police officer,” says RCT Saisai.
He adds: “I observed in my community an increase in crime among the youth and one of the factors is the lack of knowledge of the laws of our country among our young people. This sometimes made them commit the crimes unknowingly which is a pity. I felt that someone should educate them and if I become a police officer then I may be able to help out.”
“But before I can help the youth I must be well versed with the laws of our country and what crimes and consequences there are if we break these laws. So that is why I wanted to became a police officer.”
RCT Saisai explains: “After the first two months of the police recruit training I have a bit more understanding of the laws of our country and crimes with the consequences when breaking these laws. I believe that by the end of training I would be in a good position to be able to explain to youth and other members of the public about our laws and the consequences of committing crime.”
“The police recruit training has so far motivated me to become a disciplined person especially in a disciplined organisation like the RSIPF,” says RCT Saisai, who is married with one child.
RCT Saisai has advice for those youth and others who might be still deciding on a career.
“I would like to recommend to you the RSIPF. Becoming a police officer will enable you to contribute to the development of our ever increasing youth population by keeping them out of crime through providing awareness about our laws and consequences of breaking the law. And if you are someone having difficulties developing your character, the RSIPF is the place to be.”