‘Makim Senis’ is Tok Pisin (Pidgin) for ‘making change’ and is the theme of the program for Australia’s assistance with the professional development of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC).
Senior Sergeant Stephen Martin, Remote Policing Command
Led by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) who have over 70 members in PNG, the Northern Territory, Queensland and ACT Police Forces have been hosting groups of selected RPNGC leaders (ranging from Constables to Inspectors) with development placements in each of the jurisdictions.
Senior Sergeants Tony Deutrom (Darwin Metropolitan Command) and Steve Martin (Remote Policing Command), travelled to Port Moresby with Queensland Assistant Commissioner Paul Taylor (Far North QLD), Senior Sergeant Mark Stewart (Cairns) and Inspector Mark Jackson (Townsville), to join AFP members in a three day workshop aimed at consolidating lessons learned and the implementation of change management within the RPNGC over the past twelve months.
The visiting Australian police were warmly welcomed by National Capital District (NCD) Superintendent Andy Bawa, AFP Assistant Commissioner Alan Scott and the RPNGC program members, who had concentrated in Port Moresby from all over PNG; particularly Mount Hagen, Goroka, Lae, Madang and Boroko.
Many formal and informal presentations were made and it was pleasing to see that significant effort had been invested in recommendations and improvements into frontline policing practices, station management and supervision, criminal investigations and files, watch-house and prisoner care, community engagement, prosecutions, professional standards and administrative processes.
The trip involved a tour of the Bomana Police College on the outskirts of Port Moresby where the AFP is also providing support to all facets of training from recruit constables to detectives. The visit also enabled the visiting officers to experience conditions and standards first hand in order to better understand the needs and requirements of RPNGC officers on the placement program.
A formal dinner was hosted by RPNGC Deputy Commissioner Administration, Awan Sete and AFP Assistant Commissioner Scott at the Bomana College Officers Mess. Initially, the dinner had been planned on the last evening, a Wednesday night, but this had to be bought forward to the Tuesday evening due to the live coverage of the State of Origin rugby league match in Melbourne. The RPNGC, NT and QLD Police were in full agreeance and a great evening was had at the mess but alas, football was clearly the winner on the following night.
‘Makim Senis’ is an excellent program aimed at bringing about significant positive change to Policing in PNG. NT Police have and will continue to provide professional development support to the RPNGC into the future to help our neighbours to keep people safe, reduce crime and fear of crime, improve relationships with the community and like us, strive for the highest of professional standards.