20 detectives complete training

Twenty detectives of the Criminal Investigation Division and Homicide squad completed a five-week intensive course recently.

The detective training came under the Papua New Guinea-Australia Policing Partnership Program at the Bomana Police Training College.

Present to close up the training and congratulate the trainees was Assistant Commissioner for Police, Raphael Huafolo.

ACP Huafolo said for the last 15 years or so, the force has been missing out on vital trainings and courses like this.

“It is just fortunate that we have our Australian counterparts to assist us under this program.”

He stated that lack of training in this area has cost the force a lot in terms of losing most of its prosecution cases.

This is the challenge the force is faced with apart from the financial constraints to fund such trainings and programs.

ACP Huafolo challenged the detectives to take on what they have learnt in the training and use it at its most practical and basic level so that cases are looked at effectively and proficiently.

“This is a big up for the force after 15 to 16 years.”

The detectives will also be part of the Joint Service Task Force for the APEC events this year.

Annette Kora