Security preparations for the Northern Command towards the APEC meeting in 2018 were delayed due to funding constraints.
Assistant Commissioner Police for the Northern Region, Peter Guinness said lead up meetings had to be put on hold.
“We were supposed to go to Madang to discuss APEC training and security but unfortunately we were not able to go because of funding issues,” said ACP Guiness.
Despite these constraints, more than 150 officers in Lae and Madang received training in the past weeks through the assistance of the Australian Federal Police.
These were police and security officers, National Airport Corporation staff and other stakeholders.
They were trained on aviation security, bomb search, risk assessments and preparation for the APEC meeting.
“Having officers already attended this program will give them a fair understanding and idea as to what it means and how they can be able to conduct themselves when we have very important people coming overseas to come to Lae, Madang and Goroka,” ACP Guiness said.
According to ACP Guinness, about 15 activities will be held in the Northern Region.
“It will help my management team to put together a supplementary operation order in regards t the APEC security meeting. I would like to see that it comes through and then we can be able to sit and plan for the main event,” said ACP Guinness.