New K4.8m detective facility to train officers

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By TABITHA NERO
A NEW detective training centre costing K4.8 million was opened last Thursday by Police Commissioner Gari Baki at the Bomana Police College.
Baki said the primary focus of the centre was to train and upgrade detectives and police prosecutors.
“For the past 11 to 12 years, we haven’t been consistent with the training of detectives which includes the training of prosecutors,” Baki said.
He said there had been constant news in the newspapers stating that cases were presented in court and were being struck out or dismissed because files were not put together properly – either by the investigating officer or the prosecutor.
“So I hope that with this building, we should review ourselves in terms of prosecution training so that we can upgrade those who are currently doing the job and at the same time train new prosecutors,” Baki said.
The facilities consist of four buildings, two are lecture rooms and the other two are dormitories with a bathroom and toilet in each.
Baki guaranteed those who were present at the opening, including Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Scott Lee, that the facilities would be fully utilised.
Baki expressed gratitude for the continued support from Australia, particularly the partnership between the Australian Federal Police and the Papua New Guinea Royal Constabulary.
He said the centre was part of the K37 million invested to help improve policing in PNG.

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