Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says ordinary people are scared of Police.
fear for their safety. He saidthe challenge beforethe force now is to reverse that trend.
The Prime Minister was giving a key note address atthe State Function Room ofthe National Parliament organized bythe Police Minister andthe Commissioner to brief members of Parliament onthe state of operations ofthe Police Force.
It was also a time for exchange questions and answers on some ofthe most sensitive and often controversial issues surroundingthe work ofthe force.
Asthe key note speaker,the Prime Ministerstressedthe importance of security and protection not just as a country but as people.
Law and Order is one of five pillars ofthe government. Funding for police is now more than ever.
There are police allocations inthe DSIP’s by provincial governments and direct budget allocations tothe police force. The force must now reciprocate and deliver.
Current trends; however, are thatthe people fear police because oftheir aggressive and unfriendy attitudes.
The Prime Minister also urgedthe force to do its work withthe funding provided and not go back tothe government for more.
The Prime Minister fell short of referring to calls for more funds for police to pursue investigations intothe Rabaul Queen Disaster andthe Missing Scientists.
Also atthe forumthe police force highlighted many ofthe short comings intheir operations; short comings in strengths; housing and rewards.
John Eggins, National EMTV News