Security officers receive riot management training

Security personnel displayed their skills and techniques in responding to riots at the McGregor Barracks in the National Capital District recently.

Participating were officers from the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, the PNG Defence Force, the PNG Correctional Services and the St John Ambulance.

The officers had undergone three weeks of intense Public Order Management (POM) training aimed to erect an effective safety and security cell that will manage public disorder during the APEC summit.

Present to witness the closing ceremony of the POM training included the Commanding Officer of the First Royal Pacific Islands Regiment (1RPIR) Lieutenant Colonel, Boniface Aruma, Chief Inspector Redmond Danjiri, Commandant Staff Training College of the Correctional Services and acting PNG-APP Mission Commander, Leanne Raiser.

Chief Inspector Danjiri said, “I am very pleased. I am looking beyond APEC at what this training will bring into the disciplinary forces.

“In most cases the disciplinary forces work together to achieve a common goal, but they don’t train together. Such joint training is the way to go.”

Lt. Colonel Aruma challenged the participants to utilize the skills and knowledge they learned within the short time frame.

“Currently we are embarking on something very big and in fact we certainly cannot do it our own. We need our partners to help us make it happen.”

“That monster (APEC meetings) has left Vietnam some weeks ago and its next course is PNG and there is nothing you and I can do to deviate it. By November 2018 it will hit Port Moresby.

“We have to be prepared to accept it and deliver such a magnitude event confidently, effectively and efficiently,” Lt Colonel Aruma stressed.

Lt Colonel Aruma also thanked the PNG-APP and the Australian Government for their undivided support. The 16 participants will carry out POM training in their respective forces and by November 2018, 300 plus POM officers are expected to be ready for the APEC summit.


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