Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary members get a taste of remote NT Policing.
Senior Sergeant Steve Martin, Remote Policing Command
RPNGC Acting Inspector Maureen Undaba of Mount Hagen and Senior Sergeant Rotfa Simon Bona of Port Moresby joined Remote Sergeant Ben Schultz, Constables Shane McCormack, Adam Goldsmith and Chris Wheeler and ACPO Barbara McClelland at Ramingining Police Station for week of remote policing in the week preceding ANZAC day.
We were joined by Sergeant Ben Rossiter from Katherine and Remote Sergeant Chris Warfield from Maningrida who were in Ramingining for Operational Safety, Tactics and Training (OSTT) requalification with the local personnel.
It was an action packed week with arrests, road blocks, notices to appear, traffic infringements, community meetings and even an invitation to join a travelling hip hop band to promote healthy living choices attended to in between and around the re-qualification training.
A/Inspector Undaba and Senior Sergeant Bona were able to witness first-hand the requirements of Policing in the bush in the NT and were impressed with the professionalism and commitment of our members. They were also able to speak with local police about our processes and procedures which they found invaluable. They were also able to relate how policing was conducted in PNG and impressed local elders and residents at the community meeting with their traditional structures, practices and laws.
It was an excellent week of information sharing and development for all involved.