PNG police reform starts with hierarchy in Port Moresby

8:34 am on 13 March 2020

Papua New Guinea's Police Minister says a major reform of the constabulary is targetting poor administration and corruption.

Bryan Kramer, still in his first year in the job, said reform was being conducted in a systematic way, beginning with the police hierarchy in Port Moresby.

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Papua New Guinea's Police Minister, Bryan Kramer. Photo: Supplied

Mr Kramer said that significant progress was already under way with high profile arrests being made where they were previously suppressed.

He said it was important to address reform in police headquarters, "and that is now transferring down into how we run policing in provinces, then we go down to districts and even down to local level governments and police outposts.

"But we can't really make meaningful inroads in addressing those issues until we address the hierarchy in Port Moresby and go after poor administration and corruption," he said

According to Mr Kramer, Australian Federal Police personnel are also assisting with the PNG constabulary's financial management systems, including audits and proper tender processes.

Furthermore, under new police commissionerm, David Manning, PNG's police force is trying to address long standing problems of ill-discipline and under-resourcing.

Mr Kramer said his officials were developing a Station of Excellence programme, whereby individual police stations in need of better resourcing were selected for assistance.

"That is, to basically take a police station in PNG, identifying it from Port Moresby and reforming it and equipping it, recruiting the best people that will be basically recruited and deployed in that station, making sure they're fully equipped in terms of vehicles, GPS technology, best training and supervision, to see how that station operates, " the minister said.