Australian Federal Police Not Involved With PNG Armed Response Unit Training

AFP working in close partnership with constabulary on APEC security

By Miriam Zarriga

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, May 18, 2017) – Training of an armed response unit is not a part of the PNG policing partnership with Australia.

This is the response from the Australian Federal Police to the recent reports of the foreigners who have been seen in the city of Port Moresby in the coming weeks.

In a statement echoing the sentiments by Police Commissioner Gari Baki, the AFP have said that the funding of $Aus 48 million [US$36 million] extended to the longstanding policing partnership with PNG.

“The funding will ensure the continued presence of 73 AFP personnel in PNG and assist the Constabulary prepare for the APEC Summit.’

Fifty AFP personnel have been dedicated advisory roles specifically to the planning of the forum, with the development of the capabilities the forefront in the areas of joint security taskforce, police operations centre, traffic policing, airport policing, bomb search, public order management, investigations, human resources, major event planning, close personal protection, intelligence, water policing, negotiators, canine, and finance and logistics

The AFP and the Constabulary share an important relationship working closely to ensure the safety and success of Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit next year.

Echoing Mr Baki’s sentiments, the members of the AFP are deployed only as an advisory capacity and do not have an operational role and executive arrest powers or authority.

Mr Baki however said that he has nothing but praise for the AFP who have continued to assist the constabulary.

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