22 Aug 2013

NZ police in Bougainville say leadership essential

9:12 am on 22 August 2013

New Zealand police officers in the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville say good leadership is essential for the region to rebuild.

There are seven New Zealand police involved in training police in Bougainville, and the New Zealand team leader Detective Sergeant Rob Lemoto says he arrived recently and was impressed with what he saw.

He says his role is to mentor the police officers in Buka, who are already very strong and well-educated.

He says he sits with the leaders and helps them improve their management skills and separate village issues from the job of professional policing.

Detective Sergeant Lemoto says the challenge is to rebuild the police service and good leadership is essential.

"Good leadership helps to breed a strong organisation, and they also know what they used to have when the city was one of the biggest cities in the Pacific and they want to get back there. So it's just helping them to support the community and to become a stronger country."

Detective Sergeant and team leader Rob Lemoto.