Expansion Initiative to Improve Community Policing


By Theckla Gunga – EM TV, Port Moresby 

Criminal investigation and traffic divisions will be created in all police stations in Port Moresby, to increase police presence and speed up operations.

This initiative taken by Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, is aimed at improving police service in local stations, which he believes, has deteriorated over time.

Three police stations in Port Moresby will become the first to undergo this expansion. The expansion is part of Commissioner Baki’s operational plans to improve community policing.

This directive taken is in response to the trend of police being slow in responding to crime reports; where police personnel are found to prolong investigations, with reports of some crimes not being investigated at all. 

Currently, almost all crimes are reported to the Boroko Police Station; however, the station alone cannot cater to all reports, on its own. The Boroko Station is considered the main police station for both the National Capital District and Central commands.

Over the years, the demand for police service has increased prompting the constabulary to branch out the divisions in all police stations beginning with Port Moresby.

This latest move by the commissioner will redistribute investigators in the different police stations, as a step to foster a closer working relationship between the police and the community.

The expansion initiative falls in line with one of the three goals of the K279 million police modernisation program.

Baki believes, the expansion will create better access for people to criminal and sexual offences investigators.

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