By Fabian Hakalits – EMTV, Port Moresby
Manpower in the Bougainville Police Service will be strengthened to improve the law and justice sector, a critical area in the autonomous regions aspirations for referendum.
Bougainville’s Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, Paul Kamuai, says the Pre-Recruit Education Program is the way forward that will increase the capacity and strength of the future police service.
Kamuai was speaking at the graduation of 40 young Bougainvillean men and women, from a course that enables them to apply for recruit training at Bomana Police College.
Bougainville President, Chief John Momis, in his keynote address thanked the National and Australian Governments for working in partnership with the Autonomous Bougainville Government, in supporting this program to increase police capacity.
Applicants who successfully complete the six months recruit training at Bomana Police Training College will return to Bougainville.
Geraldine Sarea was one of graduands who said that policing is important for Bougainville, as it journeys towards referendum.
“The knowledge I will receive, I will come back to the autonomous region and help my fellow police personnel to improve law and order,” she said.
Minister Counsellor, Rod Hilton of the Australian High Commission said: the program designed to give young Bougainvilleans the education needed to complete police recruit training represents partnership to achieve common objective of peace and stability.