Training aims to improve image of police force

A three-week training aimed at improving the image of the force was launched this morning under the front line supervision school at Bomana Police Training College.

Assistant commissioner for police in charge of human resource Iven Lakatani says the training is a supervision course designed to target supervisors of the RPNGC or those in supervisory roles.

“A lot of negative things have been said about the way police conduct their business and a lot of negative talks about police brutality and abuses on the general population, as well as the lack of supervision of the force members,” Lakatani says.

The aim of the training now is to improve the level of supervision out in the field and police stations and to improve the image of the police force in relation to the methods and ways supervisors use in the field. This is so that positive results can be seen in the way police deal with the public, how to deal with their complaints promptly and how issues can be resolved professionally.

Supervisors will be trained to act and behave like leaders and not to act like any other ordinary person in constabulary, and that they must turn up to support the commissioner by declaring this year as the year of discipline.

The three-week training will cover all ranges of courses that are designed for members to realise that they have roles and responsibilities to play in the force.

Lakatani adds that plans are underway to increase the number of women to take part in the training however, it is incumbent on the females to attend these training programs and to commit to their roles in the force.

From the police women conference that was held last month in Lae, one of the outcomes and resolution was to improve the participation of women in any activity, especially in supervision command levels.

Lakatani commended the superintendent training commander for Bomana for their work in revising this particular course package as it had not been revised for the last 10 to 15 years. He is grateful that the training commander has done his part as a leader in having to conduct this training in leadership and supervision. 

Annette Kora