By Adelaide Kari – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The Prime Minster, Peter O’Neill, has welcomed the graduation of 272 new police recruits from the Bomana Training College last week.
He said that it was an Indication of the ongoing advancement of law enforcement around the nation.
Prime Minister O’Neill said after a decade of not graduating a single recruit from the Bomana Training College, the mew stream of graduates who passed through the college was reassuring.
O’Neill congratulated the Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, and senior police staff for the reforms they have lead and their commitment to raising police standards.
He said in a news statement that a new approach was needed to policing and law enforcement in the country.
Commissioner Baki, in speaking to the new recruits, said that the increase in course time to 18 months was to ensure they are educated in carrying out their duties.
O’Neill said there were more police on duty around the nation and that police were keeping communities and businesses safer. He said increasing numbers was just one part of improving law and order, and the government is also increasing resources for the judiciary and correctional services.
Commissioner Baki told the recruits to uphold discipline at all times.
Prime Minister O’Neill said that as our economy continues to grow and more people have jobs, it may also have a positive influence on law and order.
He said there has been a big reduction in crime over the past five years, and he was hopeful that this would continue.