Assistant Commissioner becomes first AFP member appointed to the Order of the British Empire

Australian Federal Police (AFP) Assistant Commissioner Frank Prendergast has today become the first AFP Member to be appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

The award was presented to Assistant Commissioner Prendergast in Honiara by the Solomon Islands Government to recognise his role as Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) between 2014 and 2017. The OBE appointment – the Solomon Islands’ equivalent of the Order of Australia – acknowledges the significant police and community development work achieved under his leadership.

AC Prendergast said while he is humbled by the honour, it reflects the hard work and commitment of many RSIPF and AFP members over a long period of time.

“Together, we helped the RSIPF develop into a responsive, capable law enforcement agency in much quicker timeframes than has traditionally been done in similar endeavours internationally,” Assistant Commissioner Prendergast said.

“A successful transition from the Participating Police Force arrangements to full RSIPF control of the nation in June last year is testament to how successful the work of all participating agencies has been, and a tremendous credit to the dedication and expertise of everyone involved in this effort.”

AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin congratulated AC Prendergast for the award and thanked him for his outstanding service to the people of the Solomon Islands.

“Assistant Commissioner Prendergast led significant change within the RSIPF, building stronger levels of community and government confidence in the country’s rule of law,” Commissioner Colvin said.

“He oversaw the transition of the RSIPF from a major receiver of aid to a law enforcement agency being called upon to train counterparts in other Pacific nations – an achievement that will have a strong and lasting impact in the Solomon Islands and beyond.

“The work of AC Prendergast and his team is also a great example of the commitment of AFP members internationally – working away from family and friends – to share resources and expertise to build a safer and more peaceful region.”

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