Dept preparing 2017 budget

The National,Friday June 10th, 2016

The Police Department has started its 2017 budget formulation process with the first workshop for the Southern Command this week.
First assistant secretary for Finance and Administration Joseph Saleu said the officers from the police headquarters, Bomana police college and the southern region were preparing the 2017 budget estimates.
Saleu said the police commanders and the provincial administration officers had started working on the personal emoluments for their own activities followed by goods and services.
“We are preparing the 2017 budget estimates for the Southern region and police headquarters,” he said.
“We will have the Highlands, New Guinea Islands and Momase workshop in Lae next week.
“This is a transition from the old budgeting to the new system using the Integrated Financial Management System.
“It’s a transition to the new system using the template that we are running through with them.
“It’s a new thing, filling in those forms to ensure that all the personnel are on the right salary range or the allowances attached to the positions are done correctly and that they don’t miss anything.
“There are two phases in preparing the budget so stage one we have completed and we are now on the second part which we have to submit before end of July.
“So instead of waiting, I decided to start early and not wait until the last minute.
“We have about 67 activities and I’m hoping to have it completed before the deadline.”
Northern police commander Chief Inspector Lincoln Gerari said the workshop wass helping them identify the manpower in the province.
“It’s very good because we are now identifying the members who are on our list and may be serving in other areas,” he said.
“It’s a very clear method of identifying our officers so by next year, we can be able to identify the positions we should have in the provinces.
“I’m learning new things so I’m happy about it,” Gerari said.