9 Jul 2013

Bougainville seeks NZ/Australian help to train its police

3:04 pm on 9 July 2013

The autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville is considering approaching New Zealand and Australia to help with training its police.

Presently Bougainville's police are trained by the PNG national constabulary but the Bougainville president, John Momis, says this training doesn't meet the province's needs.

Mr Momis revealed this when explaining his government's plans to set up a private security firm to assist the police in maintaining law and order.

"The police is difficult because the training they get from Port Moresby is not suitable for the Bougainville situation. In fact we are talking with the New Zealand and Australia governments to run courses for the police here on Bougainville."

John Momis.

New Zealand has for many years been helping Bougainville establish policing at the community level.