Two police officers were farewelled in Port Moresby yesterday, asthey prepare to take up training in Canberra, Australia.
The training will see to a year’s deployment in neighbouring Solomon Islands underthe Regional Assistance Mission tothe Solomon Islands or RAMSI.
Sergeant Theresa Jacob and Senior Constable Richard Ondem were presentedtheir passports by Director of Community Policing Chief Superintendent Jerry Frank.
They will travel next Mondaythe 7th of October.
This year’s deployment training exercise withthe RoyaPNG Constabulary isthe tenth, with three officers.
Close to a hundred selected police officers in PNG have been throughthe training since 2004 to serve inthe Solomon Islands underthe RAMSI program, in partnership withthe Australian Federal Police.
The officers will undergo roughly five weeks of training attheInternational Deployment Facility inthe Australian Capital.
They will train alongside ther police officers from neighboring Pacific Island nations. Deployment tothe Solomon Islands will followthereafter, for a one year period.
About ten to twelve female officers have been throughthe training and are currently serving inthe Solomon Islands.
Chief Superintendent Frank sain PNG officers have been able to adapt and carry on well with fellow Melanesians inthe Solomon Islands because ofthe similar cultures and lifestyle. This has made communication and general duties easier and effective.
The RAMSI training arrangement is fully funded bythe Australian government.
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