By Martha Louis – EM TV News, Madang
The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary is looking at building a bigger partnership with the Australian Federal Police at a supervisory level.
Police Minister, Bryan Kramer, has met with his Australian counterpart, Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, to see how RPNGC can help better improve policing.
Minister Kramer has also met and tasked his Divisional Commanders to put together a report on the issues their respective provinces are facing. His main concern is focused on police welfare, housing, resources, and fuel.
Bryan Kramer says he also intends to find out why there is no fuel for police vehicles for officers to use, and where the money is going to.
For Madang, Kramer is confident law and order problems in the province will be addressed. The department will look at improving housing, in terms of renovating the existing flats, while also considering programs and plans to improve discipline and efficiency within the force.
Minister Kramer says there are over 500 officers who are past the retirement age of 60. Thus, the RPNGC will be looking into how they will manage their retirement process, and when it will commence.
He has held discussions with the New Britain Palm Oil, if the company can look into renovating the Tarangau Police Barracks, as most of the houses were built during the colonial era.
Kramer is taking the same approach to engage New Britain Palm Oil to establish a new police barracks at Gusap in Ramu, as the barracks were built under a tax credit scheme.