14 Aug 2013

PNG wants New Zealand to extend its police training

3:13 pm on 14 August 2013

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea has met New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully in Port Moresby to firm up an arrangement for New Zealand to extend its training of local police in parts of the country.

Peter O'Neill confirmed he intended New Zealand's relationship with PNG to mimic what Australia has set up regarding police training.

New Zealand has been conducting training programmes in community policing in Bougainville for over ten years.

Mr O'Neill says his country greatly appreciates New Zealand's continued work in Bougainville, and local police in other areas would also benefit from training from New Zealand police officers.

"We have requested that they work with us like the Australia Government does with our Bomana Police College here to reopen the Joint Services College which was the Pacific College for all the Pacific island nations to train senior officers in both defence and policing. We're hoping that through that we can train more senior police men and women for Bougainville and Papua New Guinea as well."

The Prime Minister of PNG Peter O'Neill.