Women among new officers to recruits

National, Normal

The National, Thursday 6th September, 2012

TWENTY-nine women are among the 212 new recruits who passed out from the Bomana Police College in Port Moresby yesterday.
The group was the third intake of 2011.
They were part of two companies and eight squads that took part in the parade.
Police Commissioner Tom Kulunga urged the graduates to maintain discipline and refrain from corrupt practices.
Kulunga said police officers engaged in corrupt activities had tarnished the reputation and image of the police force.
National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop echoed the sentiments, saying policemen and women must not abuse their powers especially using violence when dispensing their duties.
“There is no law allowing police officers to use violence when doing policing duties,”
Parkop said.
The graduates went through 24 weeks of training that included basic elements of law; police and court procedures, conflict resolution, community policing, report writing and practical skills such as physical fitness and self-defence, weapon handling and riot control.
The probationary constables will be posted to police stations throughout the country where they will undergo another 18 months of the Competency Acquisition Programme (CAP) before they are confirmed and appointed as constables.
The event was attended by senior members of the police hierarchy, members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of the Australian Federal Police.
Family, friends and relatives of the pass out recruits turned up in numbers to witness the