Briefing paper

Serving in a multinational police mission in Solomon Islands: New Zealand perspectives

12 Feb 2018

More than 500 New Zealand (NZ) police were deployed during the 14-year Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) from 2003 to 2017. They were an integral part of RAMSI’s Participating Police Force (PPF), comprising police from Australia (79%), New Zealand (12%) and 13 Pacific Island countries (18%). This In Brief summarises the findings of an online survey of NZ police who had served in the PPF that was undertaken as an adjunct to a major investigation of the impact of RAMSI on Pacific policing. The larger study draws on interviews and discussions with former members of the PPF’s Pacific Island contingent (PI contingent) and its findings were summarised in an earlier In Brief. Here we concentrate on the perspectives of NZ police and, in conjunction with the larger study, this research adds to the growing body of literature on transnational police capacity-building and peace operations. A fuller report from this survey of NZ police will be published separately.

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