The Australian Federal Police yesterday briefed the media on what they have done with the PNG police, since coming into the country.
Present at the briefing was Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Deborah Stokes, and delegates from the Australian High Commission.
It has been three months since the Australian Federal Police came to assist the policemen and women in Port Moresby and Lae under the Papua New Guinea-Australia Policing Partnership program.
So far 73 officers have been deployed: 60 in Port Moresby and 13 in Lae.
The officers have been providing frontline advisory support to the Royal PNG Constabulary to strengthen their ability to deliver effective and visible policing services to the people.
Some of the key areas they have been assisting our officers in, are public safety, station management and supervision, community liaison and engagement, traffic operations, criminal investigations and sexual offences.
There has also been an increase in the visibility of police patrolling in the communities.
Some areas they identified that need improvement are the management of stations and front counter service, because that is where members of the police interact with people who have complaints.
NCD Metropolitan Superintendent for Operations, Chief Inspector Ndranou Perou, said the partnership is slowly achieving its purpose.
The partnership has developed into a two-way learning process. One thing the AFP has learnt from our police is the mediation process of issues.
Under the partnership, a new Police station will also be built in Lae.
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