4 Jul 2013

New Papua community policing programme planned

3:15 pm on 4 July 2013

The police chief in Indonesia's Papua province, Inspector General Tito Karnavian, says a community policing programme is about to be started in the province.

The Jakarta Post reports that the programme is being provided by the Dutch government via the International Organisation for Migration and is aimed at improving the relationship between the police and the public.

General Karnavian says the programme is for three years and will start with a series of research projects conducted by Cendrawasih University.

He says the research is expected to be finished by the end of this year and police will use the results for the training programme.

The programme has been designed to provide police officers with additional skills and knowledge in health, teaching, agriculture and religion.

As many as 4,000 police officers throughout Papua will participate in the programme.

New Zealand has previously provided training in community policing in the Papua region.