With 39 years under her belt as a policewoman, Chief Sergeant Maria Euga, says women have the potential to lead the force by taking posts in senior levels.
In an exclusive interview today with EMTV News, Maria Euga said women can play a critical role in shaping the force and maintain law and order in the country.
Despite challenges, Sergeant Euga says more women are passing through the ranks despite men dominating the recruitment process.
The Chief Sergeant believes women have a special role in helping the male folk to improve law and order in the country.
Maria was among 11 other women enlisted at Bomana Police College in July 1977, and after six months of training she became one of the first women to serve the force.
She has served in various sections of the force, including public safety, forensic, criminal investigation and communications. Her encouragement to women is to be the difference working alongside men.
The Chief Sargent told EMTV News that she is eyeing retirement in the next 14 months but wants to see the force advance with more emphasis to build policewomen capacity.
There are more than 700 policewomen serving the force throughout the country in various ranks and sections.
Moving into the future, Sergeant Euga believes women can be the difference in shaping PNG’s Police force.