AFP logo at EBB Canberra

News Centre

Our latest media releases, podcasts and stories
05 October 2023, 1:59pm
Media Release

AFP enhances RSIPF’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit

Editor’s note: Images are available via Hightail

The AFP has helped uplift the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force’s (RSIPF) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) capability by providing a new bomb disposal vehicle.

The Remote Positioning Vehicle, tEODor, will allow RSIPF EOD officers to examine, inspect and handle suspicious devices from a safe distance, significantly reducing the risk of harm to officers and members of the community.

The high-end capability is purpose-built for disarming and disposing improvised explosive devices and explosive ordnances, and will be used by the RSIPF to manage the risk of explosive devices.

AFP Assistant Commissioner Nigel Ryan formally handed over the remote-controlled vehicle to RSIPF Commissioner Mostyn Mangau last month, under the RSIPF-AFP Policing Partnership Program (RAPPP).

RAPPP will work closely with RSIPF’s EOD Advisor, an Australian Army representative, to conduct training for RSIPF members to safely operate the vehicle.

The machine was delivered together with a customised trailer to enable the RSIPF to transport the equipment to wherever it is needed.

AFP Assistant Commissioner Nigel Ryan said the AFP valued its long-standing partnership with RSIPF and would continue to work closely together to enhance capabilities through the RAPPP.

“This state-of-the-art vehicle will significantly bolster the RSIPF’s EOD unit and provide them with access to a brand new capability,” Assistant Commissioner Ryan said.

“It’s a critical asset for the RSIPF that will help officers further protect their community as the country prepares to host major events, including the 2023 Pacific Games and upcoming National General Election.”

Connect with us:
Follow our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube pages to learn more about what the AFP does to keep Australia safe.

AFP Media

Journalists can contact us Monday to Friday from 6.30 am to 6 pm Canberra time. Outside those hours, a rostered officer is on call.