By JACKLYN SIRIAS
ORGANISED crimes are businesses, says Australian Federal Police (AFP) Inspector Brad Kirwan.
“They involve a group of people who focus on profit-driven markets that are generated through means of crimes,” the member of the PNG-Australia police partnership programme said.
He told a three-day regional workshop on transnational crimes in Port Moresby that money was the main aim for criminals who organised such crimes. Over the last decade, AFP has increased its co-operation with police forces in neighbouring countries, with a specific focus on challenging trans-boundary criminal activities like smuggling of drugs, guns, money-laundering and others, he said.
They have built regional network, establishing transnational crime units in member states of the Pacific Islands forum, co-ordinated since June 2004 by the Pacific Transnational Crime Co-ordination Centre.
The workshop was focused on assisting PNG to boost its transnational crime unit and the vulnerabilities and challenges facing PNG police and the country.
Kirwan said some organised crimes in PNG’s perspective involved, firearm, people-smuggling, drug-trafficking and money-laundering.
He stressed that people committed such crime as money-laundering using criminal processes to make profit so they could reinvest in the providers whatever products they were using.
Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioner, Border Command, Donald Yamasombi said money-laundering and anti-terrorist Acst were passed by the Government in March.
“Unfortunately we lack law enforcers to enforce this kind of legislation,” he said.
Yamasombi said that more awareness were needed to be done on such crimes as not many police officers, stakeholders and the public were familiar with them.
Kirwan said because of that, there was need for more partnership at all levels from government businesses and civil societies, to national and international organisations as people in all corners of the world had a part to play in fighting such organised crimes.
By JACKLYN SIRIAS