Police Minister wants foreign cops in PNG uniforms

10:35 am on 5 August 2015

Papua New Guinea's Police Minister says recruiting foreign police into front-line positions within the local force is the way forward for the country's police.

Papua New Guinea police officers marching in a parade

Papua New Guinea police officers marching in a parade Photo: Supplied

Robert Atiyafa says he agrees with the prime minister Peter O'Neill's call for the country to move away from reliance on foreign advisors in government and public agencies particularly the police.

The Minister yesterday paid tribute to the PNG-Australia Policing Partnership as he formally opened new police housing facilities in Morobe.

Mr Atiyafa says that he wants the AFP to be more involved in training PNG police personnel

"We would want to see officers from outside of PNG on contract, in PNG police uniforms, and they can be based in provincial headquarters throughout the country, they can also take out front-line duties as well. That means we will advertise those interests across internationally, in New Zealand and Australia and elsewhere."