PNG needs to upgrade security, Duban says

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The National, Monday February 10th, 2014

 PAPUA New Guinea requires state-of-the-art security systems to control travellers in and out of the country, Police Minister Nixon Duban has said.

Duban, pictured, said this during a meeting with France Ambassador Pascal Maubert in Port Moresby last Friday.

He told Maubert that the Police Department had undergone many challenges in terms of law and order. 

He urged France to help in capacity building and training for police officers.

He said Papua New Guinea had a neutral working relationship with Australia and New Zealand because they were our closest neighbours.

“Maybe other countries can step in and help the police force in capacity building,” Duban said.

“It would be good and also to look at the possibility on an exchange programme.”

Duban said he was keen on sending police officers for short courses overseas including training on forensic science and investigations.

“We have not really gained on that part.”

Maubert said introducing new technology such as fingerprint identification system could help identify criminals and keep records.

He said there was a regional project and understood that PNG wanted to be part of it especially with the idea on international crime.

“You are building the first structure to the capacity of moving forward in the identification system.

“Some other countries in the region has started working on that.

“Maybe it is time for Papua New Guinea to join the crowd,” Maubert said.