By MALINDA KALE
POLICE Commissioner David Manning has directed all provincial police commanders to effectively manage the limited funds allocated for the commands to achieve optimal results this year.
Comm Manning, during the closing of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) 2020 budget and reporting workshop, said the constabulary needed to be fully compliant with the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and other relevant government policies in terms of managing its funds and resources.
He admitted that this year would be tough for the constabulary given the financial situation it was in and policing in general, in terms of restoring confidence back to the public.
He said a quarterly review would be done on their performance of how they managed their resource, especially with finance.
“Why we called for this workshop is that, one, to give you the opportunity to adjust your advertising and promotional spending (A&Ps) now that we know is in store for us financially in terms of our budget,” he said. “And we thought it was fair that you came in and were guided by those more knowledgeable and skilled in this process to assist you in ensuring that you’re A&Ps will truly reflect, not only your financial constrains currently faced, but also see where you are in term of understanding what needs to be done.
“So you will be expected, after the four days, to demonstrate what you have learnt to lead your commands and manage your commands appropriately.” Comm Manning challenged all PPCs to be effective and efficient in their responsibilities in order for the constabulary to transition successfully to meet the expectations of not only the government but the communities that they serve.
He also welcomed in-coming Papua New Guinea-Australia Policing Partnership (PNG-APP) Mission Commander Assistant Commissioner Amanda Kates to PNG.
By MALINDA KALE