PNG Police undergo training to combat sexual violence

4:56 pm on 30 March 2015

Papua New Guinea police are undertaking a new round of training to help them address sexual violence in the community but also to make sure they are not part of the problem.

A Papua New Guinea police vehicle

A Papua New Guinea police vehicle Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

Assistant Commissioner Francis Tokura is leading the move to get officers from around the region specifically trained under a programme called Family and Sexual Violence.

Mr Tokura says over the years the levels of such violence have increased in PNG with members of the police sometimes being involved.

He says as a result over 100 officers have come through the programme which he says is positive.

"To help our men and women be made more aware of the signs in terms of sexual violence. What to do to avoid that from happening and what sort of assistance they need to provide to victims and also make them feel more responsible themselves as well. Must have them see responsibility to community themselves and also within their own family units to be role models to others."

Mr Tokura says as well as the training 3-4 person units have been set up in 10 police districts specifically to deal with family and sexual violence.