AFP to assist PNG Police

BY GORETHY KENNETH

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) will assist the Papua New Guinea Joint Security Task Force develop motorcade capability, when the leaders of the 21 APEC Economies meet in Port Moresby in November this year.

AFP boss Michael Smith told the Post- Courier the Australian Government has been assisting PNG since the announcement of the Government hosting the big event – the APEC Summit.

The Australian Government through the AFP has donated seven escort vehicles and 20 motorcycles to the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary for the 2018 APEC leaders meeting.

”We have been assisting the PNG Constabulary for over 12 months improving capacity for the police and we are in partnership to develop motorcade capability.

“It’s a segmented process which requires secured paths with motorcycle riding, traffic control, vehicle driving and close protection, and exercises like today, (dry run) are important as we build up to the Leaders’ Week and the APEC Senior Officials Meeting.

“We are expecting 20 to 25 motorcades for leaders’ week so this practice to achieve the capabilities is significant and important.

“We have an increase motorcade and we have achieved a significant milestone in training 40 qualified motorcycle riders of the estimated 80 that we need.

“So we are on track and we are on target and everything is looking good for capacity to hold through,” Mr Smith added.


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