PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Nov. 6) - Police, Customs and Immigration officers will be taking part in a series of courses targeting people smuggling and the increasing numbers of illegal arrivals in PNG.

The intensive two-day courses are being held in Lae, Wewak and Vanimo over the next two weeks. An Australian Federal Police (AFP) specialist from Canberra will be conducting the training, which is funded by AFP’s Law Enforcement Cooperation Program.

Members of the RPNGC Human Smuggling Unit and officers based at Vanimo police station will also be acknowledged for their efforts in cracking down on people smuggling during a special two month joint Australian Federal Police — RPNGC operation. The operation held in July and August this year, investigated a criminal group involved in people smuggling.

Presenting special certificates to the police officers involved, Head of the Australian Federal Police in PNG, Leisa James said the RPNGC is playing a leading role in the fight against people smuggling.

"During the last few months, there has seen an increase in illegal arrivals in PNG and people with false travel documents, which if undetected, may lead to increased criminal activity," Federal Agent James said. 

"The recent operation was very successful and the increased awareness and the on-the-job training for members of the RPNGC is invaluable to help with combating people smuggling."

Police Commissioner Sam Inguba said dealing with people smuggling issues is a key priority for the RPNGC.

"The RPNGC is meeting people smuggling issues head-on through the work of the dedicated officers of the human smuggling unit. Police officer are now better trained," he said.

November 7, 2003

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