Rewriting Juvenile Syllabus for police recruits

It willthen be delivered atthe Bemana Police College outside Port Moresby to incorporate into its training.

Todaythere are only juvenile reception centres in Port Moresby, Goroka, Lae and Vanimo.

Government agencies and Civil Society Organisations dealing with juveniles this week are rewritingthe curriculum that will assist new police recruits and personnel, intheir daily constitutional duties.

Deputy Director Community Policing, ChiefInspector John Kolopen saysthe reform is to see police practices and procedures are aligned withthe new justice system and laws -the Juvenile Justice Law andthe Lukautim Pikinini Act 2009.

“We want to reducethe way we handled juveniles – for example slappingthem, and physically or verbally abusingthem,” says Kolopen.

Meanwhile,Inspector Kolopen said Papua New Guineadoesn’t have a permanent Juvenile Detention Centre.

Juveniles are placed in reception centres, partner agencies and if all serious, atthe Bemana CS remand.

Kolopen says juveniles on remand, have become victims of abuse and violence due to a lack of proper facilities.

There is a ‘Minimum Standards for JuvenileInstitutions’ documented bythe Justice and Attorney General Department.

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