4 Jul 2011

PNG moves to tighten gun control

7:10 pm on 4 July 2011

The Papua New Guinea minister of internal security has told new police graduates he wants to see implemented a raft of reforms to the police force first recommended seven years ago.

Mark Maipakai says these changes will transform the constabulary into an effective, professional organisation, committed to protecting and serving the people.

He also says he wants to advance the recommendations of the guns control committee.

Mr Maipakai says since that committee's report came out six years ago nothing much has happened.

He says illegal firearms are one of the biggest threats facing the country.

The recommendations include the creation of a national strategy to control guns and reduce violence.