By Theckla Gunga – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The Police Department has completed a ‘Minimum Service Delivery Framework’ which will be submitted to the Department of Personal Management.
The Framework outlines the responsibilities for police men and women, both commissioned and non-commissioned officers in the country.
The framework was completed after almost 26 years.
The completion of the Minimum Service Delivery Framework is only the start of the reviewing process of the current structure of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.
It has taken over 26 years for RPNGC to put together a review structure, because Police Force is the oldest and largest existing government body.
The framework is the first of its kind and captures different individual roles police officers play in the force.
Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, says in 1996 the cabinet had passed a legislation to increase the number of police officers in the country to six thousand.
However, RPNGC had not reached that target until recently.
In 2014, the government had once again requested for an increase in man power from the current 6 000 to 10 thousand in 2018 under the Police Modernisation Program.
However, the total strength of police is just at seven thousand.
The framework will go through the Department of Personal Management for review before it can be approved.