AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE
THE SECOND AND FINAL CONTINGENT of Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers arrived in Papua New Guinea on Saturday to work alongside their counterparts in community policing operations in Port Moresby and Lae.
Speaking at the arrival of the final 10 officers, AFP Assistant Commissioner Alan Scott said that this deployment brings the total number of sworn officers working as part of the PNG-Australia Policing Partnership to 62.
“We have met the Australian government’s promise of an additional 50 AFP officers to be working in PNG by the end of this year,” Assistant Commissioner Scott said.
“Now that the full contingent is here, we are looking forward to working in partnership with the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) to assist in developing their highly visible policing capability.”
In addition, the police will continue to provide assistance to the RPNGC to meet the objectives of their modernisation program.
“Since the first additional group of 30 officers arrived in November, we have been working very closely with our RPNGC colleagues,” Assistant Commissioner Scott said.
“The goal of our enhanced mission is, in partnership with the RPNGC, to continue to develop the capacity of the RPNGC to provide sustainable and quality policing to the people of PNG.”
Australia’s High Commissioner to PNG, Ms Deborah Stokes, said partnership is at the heart of the deployment.
“The expanded police partnership is a demonstration of the closeness of our two nations and our shared commitment to the rule of law and democratic values and institutions,” Ms Stokes said.
“It takes place in the context of wide-ranging cooperation between Australia and PNG in the law and justice sector.
“Working together, we have already achieved some impressive results including the revitalisation of village courts, strong infrastructure development and establishment of a number of family and sexual violence units at police stations across the country.”
The AFP officers do not have policing powers in PNG, but provide advice, guidance and assistance for a range of day to day policing matters.