A joint committee for security has been created for security operations during the World Cup.
This comprises of the PNG Defence Force, Customs, National Airport Corporation, Department of Transport, the National Maritime and Safety Authority, National Security Advisory Council, PNG Fire Service, NCDC and the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) as the lead agency for public safety and security plans.
Chief Executive Officer of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Seamus Marten said preparations are going according to schedule.
He stated that security planning is also an important area for FIFA because there will be visiting guests including 16 international teams that will be coming into the country for the event.
“The security plan is not only to ensure the safety of the participating teams but also the security of the fans, international media and visiting guests that will be in Port Moresby during the three-week tournament.”
“We want the fans and the people who come to Port Moresby to enjoy a world class event in a safe and secure environment,” said Marten.
Chairman of the committee for security, RPNGC Director Community Policing Superintendent, John Kolopen added that an operational order has been drafted that includes contributions by the other stakeholders.
He said the operational order will have to be endorsed by the RPNGC commissioner and then the National Executive Council depending on the details of the operation.
“The operational order will include FIFA requirements which call for 60 per cent of the security personnel to be female,” said Kolopen.
Security manager for the LOC, Hetahu Lohia said that an expression of interest for the use of private security firms will be published at the end of this month for private security firms to apply.
“The announcement of the successful applicants will be made at the end of August.
“The successful security firms will provide security at the match venues, training venues and the accommodation sites,” said Lohia.