By VICKY BAUNKE
TWENTY security guards at the University of Technology (Unitech) in Lae will undergo police training to become reserve police officers for the university.
A memorandum of agreement (MoA) to effect this was signed last week at the Unitech Taraka campus between the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) and Unitech.
Police Commission Gary Baki and Unitech acting pro Vice Chancellor Dr Ora Renagi on behalf of the Unitech administration signed the documents witnessed by Unitech chief security officer Alex Warren and assistant commissioner of Police and the Northern Region Divisional Commander Peter Guinness.
Dr Renagi said the MoA was already in the making prior to the recent campus unrest and was focussed on improving security services at Unitech so that the police powers would also be enforced to assist and uphold the by-laws of the university and make sure order was maintained.
Police Commissioner Gary Baki thanked the Unitech administration for taking the step forward to ensure security for the students as he signed the authorisation to allow police to operate at the campus.
Baki commented that Unitech was the first university in the country to enforce police cooperation and enforcement on campus apart from other institutions.
He said this would create good communication with regular police in monitoring the campus.
Baki said he would also ensure that the reserve police stationed at the campus would also undergo further training to perform the full powers of the constabulary to protect university properties.
The training will be held at the campus for three weeks. Lae Met Supt Antony Wagambie Jr said the training would be conducted once selections have been made by the Unitech security force management.
By VICKY BAUNKE