Aussie officers on beat

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The National, Friday November 8th, 2013

 OFFICERS from the Australian Federal Police joined local policemen on a patrol of Port Moresby on Wednesday, getting their first opportunity to greet and mingle with the people.

The Australian contingent’s deputy Commissioner Peter Drennan and assistant Commissioner Mandy Newton joined the NCD metropolitan superintendent Andy Bawa in doing the rounds.

They mingled with vendors and customers at the Gordon Market in their first joint community policing visit. Thirty AFP officers arrived on Monday. Another 20 will join them next month.

It is part of an enhanced PNG-Australia policing partnership agreement that will see them working in advisory roles to boost community policing operations. 

In Port Moresby they will work in Boroko, Waigani, 4-Mile, Jackson International Airport and Gordon.

The officers will provide guidance in community policing, station management and supervision, community liaison, traffic operations, criminal investigations and dealing with sexual offences. The deployment is led by Assistant Commissioner Alan Scott.