PNG Police Set Up New Border Command Along Indonesia Border

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Trans-national crimes will be focus

By Frankiy Kapin

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, December 14, 2015) – Undetected crimes along the PNG Indonesia border will be the crucial point of operations under a new border command set up by the Police department.

It will be headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Donald Yamasombi, who was bestowed his new responsibilities in Lae last Friday at a special parade.

The new office, of which several others will be set up, was a result of reviews and resolutions from the recent commissioners’ conference held in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. The meeting discussed modernisation and upgrading of border commands and specifically undetected crimes, among others.

The restructure and assignment of Mr Yamasombi is the implementation of the new changes, many of which will be made soon after.

Mr Yamasombi was at hand to receive his new command from the deputy police commissioner Raphael Huaffolo.

Mr Yamasombi said trans-national crimes as well as what police termed as emerging crimes, including money laundering, is happening along the borders. But Mr Yamsombi said the new changes will now take on board the East and West Sepik provinces, which previously fell under the Mamose command overseen by ACP Nema Mondiai, which will also undergo a name change.

Mr Mondiai himself has been appointed ACP Eastern end.

Incoming Mamose ACP Peter Guinness reaffirmed that in a few weeks from now, the changes to the Mamose command will come into effect. Mr Guinness said there are directions in place to see that strategies discussed during the recent conference are implemented under the modernisation program. And that will be undertaken after the festive season.

He said although a lot has been expressed negatively in regards to policing in PNG, he believes changes are coming but at a slow pace.

Mr Huaffolo admitted a decline in policing standards but the objectives of the modernisation program are aimed at making the difference. He said positive results will take time to emerge but it is important that measures are being undertaken as soon as possible.

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