RPNGC receives AFP assistance

The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary has received brand new vehicles and sea vessels from the Australian Federal Police to help with the lead up preparations for the APEC summit in 2018.

Over 100 plus land and sea transport assets including motorcycles, jets skies and a movable command center was presented to the Commissioner for Police and his contingent at the national football stadium.

Under the Policing Partnership Program, this is the first and the biggest assistance that’s been given to the RPNGC by the AFP.

Commissioner for Police, Gari Baki said he is glad that this current phase of the partnership program is engaged heavily in providing assistance and building our capabilities for APEC.

"This timely assistance is the result of negotiations that has been ongoing for almost two years now,” Baki said.

Baki said that at this point In time, the entire assets will be used in Port Moresby only unless there is a requirement for us to lift the capabilities of particularly the APEC provinces then the Constabulary will be looking at dispatching some of the assets.

"For the time being, everything will be confined here in Port Moresby."

Baki said apart from this, there is other ongoing assistance in terms of training for RPNGC personnel and there will also be trainings conducted for personnel’s who will be using these assets for the APEC summit.

Baki thanked the AFP for their support to PNG in terms of bringing their expertise, training and programs to bring up to speed our police personnel’s to be well organized and prepared to  deliver a safe summit in 2018.

Annette Kora