1 May 2008

PNG police tries to get more women into force

2:24 pm on 1 May 2008

Papua New Guinea's Police Commissioner Gary Baki says increased female police recruitment would benefit the Royal Constabulary.

The Constabulary is launching two new policies, the Equal Employment Opportunity and HIV/AIDS policies, to promote and advocate gender equality and HIV/AIDS awareness in the police force.

The Commissioner says the EEO policy covers all aspects of employment including recruitment and training, pay and entitlements, career developments and other workplace opportunities.

He says the Force could benefit from addressing the stagnant recruitment of women over recent years because females can play an important role in policing.

"The emphasis on discipline could be better handled when you have a woman supervising young recruits coming out or a group of men - that's my view. Although you have a cultural barrier with regards to that but I think with the motherly approach in the way they do things would obviously guide the principle in all those things that you want to emphasise and enforce up on men and women in frontline policing duties."

Police Commissioner Gary Baki