Call to quadruple police numbers in PNG

5:27 pm on 21 February 2015

The Papua New Guinea opposition wants a 20,000 strong police force as the country strives to become an Asia-Pacific tourism and investment destination.

The opposition leader, Don Polye, says they want to see PNG achieve the United Nation's police to people ratio of one to 400.

Currently there are 5000 police in PNG but Mr Polye says there has to be an immediate increase manpower to cater for security needs posed by coming international event such as the APEC meeting in 2018.

He says when the opposition is in power incapacity issues in the police force will be a thing of the past.

The member for Kandep in PNG, Don Polye.

The member for Kandep in PNG, Don Polye. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

Mr Polye says they would beef up manpower, the intelligence network and management, and bring in state-of-the-art technology to make the force an effective law enforcement and prosecution organisation.