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Papua New Guinea

K1 billion needed to police the nation

The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary requires K500 million to K1 billon a year to effectively police the nation.

Police Commissioner Gari Baki said the required amount would see the overhauling of much needed infrastructure needed in the police around the country.

“Police annual budgetary allocations have actually experienced major cuts over the years, and this has seen the drop in police performance as well as the drop-in discipline and standards in constabulary,’’ Baki said.

“Police is an essential service and must be adequately funded, there must be no compromise because when law and order prevail, then the nation will prosper.

“Once we have a realistic budget in place, we can then plan achievable goals for the constabulary each year over the next 10 years to help the Government in its Vision 2029 which is to make the country the richest black Christian nation on earth.”

Police Minister Bryan Kramer in response said that he would be working with the Police Commissioner to work on a 10-year corporate plan.

“As it is, it is hard to establish the cost of policing in the country, submissions are made and it keeps on being knocked back.’’

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