9 Oct 2007

Trans-national crime high on the agenda at Pacific Police Chiefs' conference

4:26 pm on 9 October 2007

Papua New Guinea's police commissioner, Gari Baki, says a unified effort is needed to take control of trans national crime.

The issue is being discussed at the 36th Pacific Islands Police Chiefs' meeting in Wellington, which is being hosted by Niue with assistance from New Zealand.

18 Pacific countries and territories are attending the conference which was officially opened this morning.

Mr Baki admits the problems of trans-national crime, such as drug trafficking and organised crime, are wide spread throughout the region.

"Papua New Guinea is very fortunate with the Australian aid assistance that we have got a trans-national crime team already being set up in Port Moresby and we are working in cunsultation with the Federal Police and all the other agencies, but we need to strengthen that at a much bigger scale."

Papua New Guinea's police commissioner, Gari Baki