Two-hundred and fifty nine police recruits passed out at Bomana Police Training College today.
Forty-four out of the total were women.
When giving the keynote address, Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki told the new recruits they were at the fittest and smartest stage of their lives.
But the question put forward was whether the new members of the police force will maintain their training, fitness level and discipline.
They looked a picture of blue in their uniforms. Two-hundred and fifty nine recruits on parade. The first intake began their training in March this year.
They were taught the basic elements of law, police and court procedures, community policing, report writing and physical skills training.
In his keynote address, Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki told them they still had 18 months to prove they were indeed police officers.
In a police administrative review report, it was found that PNG’s police force faces shortcomings in police operations, human resources, logistics and governance.
To get the force back up to standard, the government introduced the Royal PNG Constabulary’s Modernisation program last year, to which it allocated K275 million.
The Australian government is also supporting the modernisation program through the Australian Federal Police under the PNG Australia policing partnership.
Commissioner Vaki said emphasis will be on frontline policing, stating public safety will be given all the resources and manpower to ensure effectiveness.
He also stated that under his watch, undisciplined, abusive and incompetent police personnel will be fired.
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