7 Oct 2010

PNG police will need millions of dollars to protect LNG project says commissioner

10:27 am on 7 October 2010

Papua New Guinea's police commissioner says police will need about 770-million US dollars to adequately provide protection to the multibillion dollar LNG project.

The Post Courier reports Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, as saying a submission outlining the force's strategies, as directed by the Government for the LNG project, has been presented to the National Executive Council for deliberation.

Initiatives in the submission include the establishment of a Special Operations Group, SOG, for tactical response within the LNG project areas and the general policing within the five Highlands provinces, Madang, Morobe, Gulf, Western, Central, National Capital District and the Highlands Highway.

Commissioner Baki says the changes signify the Government and the police force's commitment to guarantee and assure foreign investors of total security cover for the LNG project.

He says the changes will also include revamping the Air Wing and establishing a new directorate of Water Police.