(SIG/GCU Release): The Minister of Police, National Security and Correctional Services (MPNSCS), Hon. Lanelle Tanangada has welcomed the appointment of the new Commissioner for the Correctional Services of Solomon Islands (CSSI).
Gabriel Manelusi has been recently appointed by the Police and Prison Service Commission to replace outgoing Commissioner Francis Haisoma.
Mr Haisoma has held the position for a period of 11 years since 2008. He has reached the 55 years retirement age two years ago but his appointment was extended to 31st May 2019 during which the PPSC has sought a replacement.
Hon. Tanangada said Manelusi was appointed on merit given his long outstanding service as a senior officer in the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF).
“I wish to congratulate Mr Manelusi on his appointment to lead the CSSI in the years ahead and I trust that his wealth of experience in policing will place him in a better position to implement the policies and programmes assigned to the organisation,” Hon. Tanangada said.
The Police Minister also thanked outgoing Commissioner Haisoma for his long and dedicated service to CSSI during his term in office.
“Mr Haisoma has demonstrated dedication and commitment during his service to the CSSI and I wish him well in his future endeavors,” Hon. Tanangada said.
The task of CSSI Commissioner is to provide administrative command and direction of all correctional services officers in accordance with the provisions of the Correctional Service Act.
Meanwhile, Mr Manelusi has thanked the Police and Prisons Service Commission for having the trust and confidence in him to lead the CSSI in coming years.
“I feel very humble and proud to have the opportunity to take up the role as the new Commissioner of CSSI and I am equally proud to lead the CSSI to serve the national interest of our country Solomon Islands”.
“I wish to acknowledge God for this high calling and would like to acknowledge the support of my wife and my family in taking up this role as CSSI Commissioner next week,” Mr Manelusi said.
Prior to his appointment, Mr Manelusi was a career police officer serving in the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force for 34 years with vast experience in policing.
He is passionate to continue the standard and legacy left by the outgoing retired Commissioner Francis Haisoma with a focus more on rehabilitation and prevention programs to serve the interest of Solomon Islands.
The outgoing Commissioner Haisoma has described his term in office as challenging but satisfying, especially, in regards to leading an organisation that deals with rehabilitation of offenders to become good citizens in the country.
“Leading this organisation is challenging but it was very satisfying to see offenders being rehabilitated to become good citizens in the country,” Haisoma said.
A formal parade by both the Police and Correctional Service Officers will be staged next Friday (May 31st) to formally witness the handing over of the commanding authority by Mr. Haisoma to Mr Manelusi.