by Quinton Alomp – EM TV, Port Moresby
Disciplinary forces are strongly urged to demonstrate a high level of professionalism and discipline during the Pacific Games next month.
While they are preparing to take on the challenge of providing security during the games, the right ethical approach is strongly recommended.
Correctional Service Commissioner, Michael Waipo, urged officers who will take part to be proud ambassadors of the department.
The same message was echoed to participating members from the police and defence forces.
One more week remains before the biggest event in the Pacific kicks off in Port Moresby.
Security will be the number one priority for games officials, athletes and the general public.
On many occasions in the past, the reputation of PNG disciplinary forces has been under scrutiny by local and international media.
However, the Pacific Games is believed to be the turning point for negative perceptions about Papua New Guinea.
Members of the disciplinary forces who will be on the frontline providing security are urged to demonstrate a high level of discipline.
Commissioner Waipo told his officers to use this opportunity as ambassadors to change the way people from other countries think about PNG.
NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, said during the launch of the police pre game operations, that this is an opportunity for PNG to show the world a different perspective.
While more emphasis is put on the disciplinary forces, NCD residents are also urged to take ownership and behave appropriately during the event.