Public management course for joint forces

16 participants of the joint forces public order management course took part in their final training and exercise drill this morning at the Oil Search National Football Stadium.

The is one of the many drills conducted by the Australian Federal Police with members of the joint forces, which consist of a mixture of Royal PNG Constabulary, PNG Defence Force, Correctional Services as well as the St John Ambulance.

AFP chief instructor for Senior Public Order Management, Sergeant Gary Hahn, said the training and drills are imperative for big events, especially when PNG plays host, like the World Cup and FIFA.

He said PNG is now in preparation mode for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in 2018.

“This event is twice as important and it is crucial that the joint forces are prepared to provide that much field tactic to world standard.”

Instructors of each of the forces are the first to be trained in this first group.

After today’s training and drill, the instructors will be sent back to each of their respective colleges to train more of their colleagues in the same tactics.

Sergeant Hahn said more of the same training is expected in the near future leading up to the 2018 APEC Summit.

Annette Kora