A workshop on police juvenile justice, policy and protocols has revealed that police personnel lacked professionalism when dealing with juveniles.
The workshop held in Madang identiflied areas police lacked, and strategies to better police approach and respect towards juveniles.
Papua New Guineahas withness an increase in social behavioural change amongst youths betweenthe ages of twelve and eighteen. Many of whom often come in contact withthe law.
Police in Madang have been equipped with knowledge and skills to deal with juveniles professionally.
Rose Lapan is stationed at Saidor at Rai Coast.
“It encourages us to go back to where we are stationed and will implement what we have gained from this workshop,” she said.
A Juvenile Justice Officer withthe Community Besed Corrections speaking off camera, said police as gate keepers tothe criminal justice system have a major role in ensuring Juveniles are protected.
Madang’s Provincial Police Commander Chief SuperintendentoSylvester Kalat said police as implementers must understandthe juveniles andthe directions required inthe constitutional duties.
“All our policemen and women’s hould have this sort of training so that we all know how to deal with our juveniles,” he said.
Director of Community Policing Superintendent Jerry Frank saidthe policy is to see that police practices and procedures are realigned withthe Juvenile Justice Act to enablethe constabulary to meet its duties and obligations inthe new justice system.
On July this year,the police department revised its juvenile curriculum lined withthe juvenile policy and protocols underthe juvenile court act 1991 National Law and Justice Policy, andthe United Nationsrsquo; Conventions ofthe rights ofthe child.
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