by Delly Waigeno – EM TV, Port Moresby
The Government has directed the Chief Secretary and the heads of the three disciplinary forces to deliver a safe Pacific Games.
Over 2,600 personnel will make up the entire joint security operations, now called “Operation Safe Games.”
The Royal PNG Constabulary, the PNG Defence Force and the Correctional Service, have been fully briefed on their duties by the National Security Advisory Committee.
Chief Secretary to the Government, John Kali, announced the security operations today at a media conference in Port Moresby.
He said the security operations are to ensure the protection of the facilities and assurance to the athletes and visitors during the two weeks of the Pacific Games.
Secretary Kali also referred to the successful PNG Hunters Game which was held last weekend.
Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, explained that the involvement of the Defense Force and the Correctional Service will be guided by the usual Call-Out process. He said once it is endorsed by Cabinet and the Call-Out is implemented, Defense Force and CS officers will be appointed as Special Constable’s to support the Police for the entire period of the Games.
PNGDF Commander BGRL, Gilbert Toropo, said 300 PNGDF personnel’s will be deploy for the security operations.
He said PNGDF also has 2 Task Forces ready for any highend security concerns with choppers, planes and ships on standby, should anything above the normal call of duty require such assistance.
PNGDF Pacific Games Security Operation will be launched tomorrow with a Joint-Task-Force Parade at the Murray Barracks Commanders Parade Ground.
The heads of the disciplinary forces assured every one of a safe two weeks of the regional Games.