Police trainers to be well-equipped

Police brutality, police corruption and non-performance – whilst these are a reflection on the nature of the individual cop, they’re also reflective of the leadership of supervisors and commanders.

Police Commissioner Gari Baki says while people blame the training that is given at the Bomana Police College as not doing enough to stop the police brutality and corruption cases, he disagrees.

The training provided is the best training covering basic law, physical fitness, firearms procedures and arrest and police ethics.

The challenge Baki outlines now is to make sure that trainers at the college are well-equipped and are able to meet the challenges of training the new recruits.

A recent one-week training of trainees (TOT) course saw officers from the provinces fly in to attend the investigative interview workshop.

From this course, those trainers will go back and teach young recruits in their various provinces.

The vision for the Bomana Training College is to transform the college into an accredited police academy and to be a centre of excellence for the RPNGC. Work has progressed well under this objective.

 Baki said with this Wednesday’s launch of the revised police recruit circuit course, a milestone achievement for the Bomana Police College, as well as the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, has been reached.

The college is also in the process of signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Papua New Guinea for an audit of programs to be conducted.

This will see an introduction of new courses offered to officers in psychology, law and social work. It will give graduates more understanding into the complexities of problems faced within communities to address those issues accordingly and in a more comprehensive manner.

Julianna Waeda