4 May 2005

Police course offered on PNG island of Bougainville

3:53 pm on 4 May 2005

A course has been launched on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville to give policing skills to people from the so-called no-go zone controlled by the separatist leader, Francis Ona.

The newspaper, The National, reports that the Community and Auxiliary Police Training course in Arawa will enable 12 men to be trained in basic police procedures for two weeks.

The Assistant Commissioner Joseph Bemu says this marks a breakthrough in the preparation for the election of the Bougainville Autonomous Government this month.

Mr Bemu says the training is was made possible by the joint effort of the chiefs of central Bougainville, New Zealand, Australian and Bougainville police.

Mr Bemu says the huge interest shown by chiefs to send their men to participate in the courses show their concern for people to return to their normal lives.