The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary needs to improve its man power from five thousand, five hundred, to ten thousand by 2017.
This was revealed by Police Minister and Member for Henganofi Robert Atiyafa during the launch of the Bomana Police Housing Estate in Port Moresby yesterday.
Atiyafa said, the current police manpower is far below the United Nations recommended ratio of one police officer is to four hundred and fifty civilians.
Atiyafa said, with this situation, it is almost impossible to contain the current Law and Order problem.
The present ratio for the five thousand, five hundred uniformed policemen and women to the eight million Papua New Guineans is one is to one thousand two hundred.
In respond to this, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said, the Bomana Police Training College will be increasing the number of its intakes.
He also commended the Australian Federal Police for assisting RPNGC to train the new police recruits. It was also announced that there is an increase in the salary for police officers.