By Stanley Ove Jr – EM TV, Port Moresby
The 2015 Pacific Games will attract thousands of people from all over Papua New Guinea, and the South Pacific to Port Moresby, in seven months time.
It will be a huge security challenge for the PNG police and defence force.
2014 could be seen as a bad year for the police in the National Capital District, and other parts of Papua New Guinea. Of the numerous cases experienced this year; attacks on police officers, the deaths of two police officers and the recent standoff between the police and the PNGDF, have sparked uncertainty over the capabilities of the police force.
NCD Police Metropolitan Superintendent, Andy Bawa confronted these issues by his affirmation to the nation that the police are ready to take on the games.
Although faced with countless challenges, the police hierarchy are adament on carrying out their mandated duties, come the 2015 Pacific Games.
Moreover, the reformed youths of the Moresby North-East electorate are vying for bigger things next year. They want to provide ground security for public commuters during the games.
They say they will control petty crime during the sporting event. Superintendent, Andy Bawa states that although the youths have no police powers, they will assist in any way necessary in their security operations next year.