Acting Commissioner Manning signed the MoA at the National Police Headquarters in Port Moresby with Governor Gary Juffa. The signing was witnessed by staff from the Oro Provincial Government and senior police officers.
Manning said the MoA was significant for the Constabulary in that it would allow the constabulary to further engage with communities to develop more workable strategies in addressing law and order in and around PNG.
Manning acknowledged Governor Juffa for the initiative and said law and order is a challenge that everyone should be concerned with. He thanked Governor Juffa for recognising the constabulary’s limitations in addressing law and order issues and the need for forging such partnerships.
He reassured Governor Juffa of the constabulary’s support in this initiative which will be of mutual benefit to both police and Northern Province.
Governor Juffa said the MoA was made with the intention to boost policing capabilities in the province.
“This initiative is aimed at taking ownership of law and order in the Northern Province in partnership with the constabulary. It is planned that 50 police reservists will be trained by the community policing directorate under the constabulary,” Governor Juffa said.
Governor Juffa said the Northern Provincial Government, through its Provincial Executive Council, has allocated K500,000 from the K1 million allocated for this exercise to cover training, uniforms, equipment, monthly allowances and other related expenses.
The Governor stated there are plans to expand this initiative further by funding a specific recruitment of an additional 30 police personnel direct from Oro through the Constabulary’s recruitment process to be trained at the Bomana Police College in 2020.