Mangau Sworn-In As 3rd Local Police Commissioner

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Commissioner Mangau after his swearing-in ceremony.

MOSTYN Mangau was formally sworn in as the new Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) this week.

Mr. Mangau is the 3rd local to hold the post after the late Sir Fred Soaki from 1982 to 1995 and the late Morton Sireheti from 1995 to 1997 and 2000 to 2002.

Commissioner Mangau who is in his early 50’s hailing from the remote Ontong Java islands in Malaita Province and is married with 8 children.

As a long-serving officer in the RSIPF, Commissioner Mangau has been made official to his promotion as Deputy Police Commissioner of National Security & Operation Supports in November 2019.

Prior to the promotion, he was nominated as the Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police for 7 months, from April 2019 to November 2019.

The Governor-General His Excellency, Sir David Vunagi, has appointed Mr. Mostyn Mangau as the new Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) during a swearing-in ceremony at Government House yesterday in the presence of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Minister of Police National Security and Correctional Services Hon, Anthony Veke.

Mostyn has been recognized by his professionalism, dedication, and commitment to duty within RSIPF involving several significant operations and events prior and post RAMSI.

Immediately after his swearing-in ceremony at Government House, Commissioner Mangau expressed his gratitude to the Government for having confidence in him to head the RSIPF.

“I appreciated the Government for the trust and confidence in me and it is going to be a challenge to lead the RSIPF during this COVID-19 pandemic period. I will work with the RSIPF Executive, the Ministry of Police, and SIG to ensure the RSIPF is delivering its mandate roles and responsibilities to protect the Solomon Islands,” he said.

“During my time in office, I want the RSIPF to be a professional Police Force in the South Pacific as well as a leading Organisation in the region,” Mangau added.

Mostyn has joined RSIPF since 1996 and has served his time at the organization for 23 years, with extensive exposure and experience to various positions and postings.

He began his policing career in 1996 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2001 and 9 years later he was promoted to the rank of Inspector in 2010.

Three years later in 2013, he was again promoted to the rank of Superintendent and the following year in 2014 was promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent and Provincial Police Commander for Honiara City. In 2016 he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Police Commissioner prior to his most recent promotion to the rank of Deputy Police Commissioner in 2019.

During this time, he was instrumental in developing the Budget for critical border operations during the Bougainville Referendum, overseeing High Visibility and Security Operations during the recent tensions following the severing of diplomatic ties with Taiwan and the formal recognition of the Peoples Republic of China, and recognizing the importance of the RSIPF promotion program for all ranks of Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, Inspector, Superintendent, and Chief Superintendent and put forward submissions for endorsements.

With the most recent posting as an Assistant Police Commissioner for National Operations since December 2017 – 2019, he was instrumental in many major operations within this time.

These operations included the Bougainville Operation, RAMSI drawdown, and the National General Election 2019 (NGE19). With all these operations, Mostyn was the Operation Commander for Gizo incursions by armed criminal elements from Bougainville and oversaw the apprehension of 29 offenders.

Furthermore, he was the overall Operational Commander for the NGE19 and responsible for RSIPF’s planning and preparedness and delivering largest RSIPF operation, and the most successful election to date, for the peoples of the Solomon Islands.

Particularly with his exceptional commitment and dedication to RSIPF, he has been recognized and awarded the British Empire Medal (postnominal BEM) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours and Awards, in recognition of his continued ‘services to Police Force and to the community’.