By Theckla Gunga – EMTV, Port Moresby
A two weeks Court Mock Exercise has given the new police recruits a significant insight on what to expect in a courtroom.
The drill conducted under the Papua New Guinea –Australia Community Policing Partnership Program, is one practical skill the trainees must master while in Training College.
Police Minister, Robert Atiyafa, was present to witness the exercises at the Bomana Police College this morning.
The mock courtroom exercise is a new concept introduced into the college this year. It is expected to train recruits on how to prepare practical statements and present evidence in a courtroom.
The training gave the recruits the real feeling of being questioned by a prosecutor or a defence lawyer.
All legal practitioners who participated in the two week training are from the Law fraternity.
This training reflects the emphasis on the 26 weeks Modified Recruiting Training Program, where the recruits are engaged in more practical skills training than theory exercises.
The mock exercise creates a “make believe” scenario where recruits undertake an investigation simulation in their training. The recruits are required to interview the witnesses and offenders, lodge an offender in the cells, and prepare a brief of evidence before they appear in a Mock Court to present their evidence.
This training is a development tool for the recruits to enhance their knowledge in court procedures, and to build confidence within individual recruits while they prepare for a police career.