THE heavy downpour last Friday afternoon did not dampen the spirits of 108 trainees who successfully completed their six months of basic recruiting training at the Police Training College in Bomana.
Among them were 14 female recruits who were equal to the task, displaying various sequences of marches that brought applause from the audience and the invited guests.
The passing-out parade of recruit intake 1/2009, squads 1, 2, 3 and 4 coincided with the commissioner’s annual Christmas parade.
The parade signified the completion of 24 weeks of basic recruit training in the areas of basic law elements of law, police and court procedures, community policing, report writing, physical skills that included physical fitness, self defence and weapon handling.
The training also included other subjects designed to prepare them for deployment into operational policing within the general duties at various police stations in the provinces.
Bomana Training College commandant Chief Supt Simon Nigi said the probationary constables would start their next phase of training at the decentralised training cells which is the competency acquisition programme (CAP).
“This phase takes up 18 months before they are confirmed and appointed to the rank of constables within the constabulary,” Supt Nigi said.
Police Commissioner Gari Baki challenged the recruits to make a personal commitment and life-time ambition to provide the kind of policing services Papua New Guineans required and deserved.
“Take your training, your discipline and professionalism with you as you leave the gates of Bomana Police College,” Mr Baki said.