The Vanuatu Mobile Force (VMF) has a new Commander.
He is Colonel Robson Iavro.
Colonel Iavro is from Santo and graduated at the New Zealand Army Officer Cadet School in the early 1990s and later took up some senior appointments within the VMF and Police.
He then pursued further university studies for three years at the Laucala Campus in Suva, Fiji Islands where he graduated with a Bachelor of Management. On his return to Vanuatu he was posted to various senior appointments at the Vanuatu Police Force Headquarters and VMF.
Prior to his appointment as Commander VMF, colonel Iavro was Director of the Police Training College. He recently completed an 18-month Masters Degree program in Public Policy at the Australian National University.
Previously in October, then VMF Commander Lieutenant Colonel Job Esau and another high ranking VMF Officer, Major Selwyn Olul were suspended by the Police Service Commission for failing to turn up at the airport for the departure of the Head of State to Honiara, Solomon islands.
In another development, Deputy Commander VMF, Lieutenant Colonel Terry Tulang is now Acting Deputy Commissioner Management Services at VANSEC House.
LTCOL Tulang is not new to the post as he has been acting in the same position in the past.
And in Police related news, the Vanuatu Police Force were part of the march led by VMF brass band from Fatumaru bay all the way up to Independence Park yesterday where various speeches were delivered to make the White Ribbon day, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, advocated under the themes “End the Silence” and “Stop the Violence”.
The event was declared officially open by caretaker Minister of Justice, Robert Bohn.