Australian Appointed As Deputy PNG Police Commissioner

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

Alan Scott to work alongside 2 national appointees

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Feb. 10, 2016) – An Australian has been appointed as the third Deputy Police Commissioner who will work alongside the two national appointees, Raphael Huafolo and Jim Andrews.

Alan Scott, who was the former Assistant Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police Program in the country, was appointed by the National Executive Council last week.

He becomes the third deputy Commissioner of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary responsible for Reform, Training and APEC. The news of his appointment caught many senior officers including the top hierarchy of the Force by surprise.

Police Commissioner Gari Baki, however, when contacted by the Post-Courier admitted that he was aware of the appointment and that it was in line with the Police Review recommendation of 2004.

"The Police review of 2004 under Bire Kimisopa had recommended that an expatriate be appointed as Inspector General ,equivalent to a deputy Secretary in the Public Service, but it will be a civilian position and it won’t work in the Police Force unless he wears a Police Uniform and reports directly to the Commissioner’s Office" he said

HE ALSO stated that the thirdCommissioner will be responsible for Reform, Training and APEC whilst the two National Deputy Commissioners will be in charge of Operation and Administration.

"Every policemen and women must embrace this appointment because it is part of the 2004 Police Review recommendation, he will wear the RPNGC uniform and tow the line like any policemen for that matter" he said.

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill made the announcement in a statement last night welcoming the National Executive Council (NEC) appointment of the three Deputy Commissioners .

PM O’Neill said the appointment of Deputy Commissioners Jim Andrews (Operations), Raphael Huafolo (Administration) and Alan Scott (Reform, Training and APEC) will provide a substantial boost to raising the capacity of the police service.

"We are drawing on the demonstrated experience and capabilities of Deputy Commissioners Andrews and Huafolo to enhance stability and discipline," the Prime Minister said.

"We further welcome the appointment of Alan Scott who brings with him international experience and respect from personnel in the RPNGC.

"As the former Assistant Commissioner from the Australian Federal Police Program in Papua New Guinea, he brings an international perspective to the reforms that we need in our police force, and the training required to reach the next level.

"Alan Scott will further take on the role of coordinating safety and security for APEC preparations.

"The Joint Task Force on APEC Security is being formed that will draw in elements from numerous security agencies, and work direct with our foreign security partners." The Prime Minister said the appointment of Alan Scott is a demonstration of the functionality of bringing foreign advisors into the Government.

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