AFP Boosts Transnational Crime Fighting Capability of Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary with New Patrol Vessel

Australia, Police

Article: The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has taken a significant step in enhancing the capabilities of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) in combating transnational crimes and supporting joint cross-border operations. The AFP has officially handed over a Police Patrol Vessel (PPV) named Minigulai to the RPNGC, which was purchased from the Tasmanian Police. This vessel will play a pivotal role in addressing transnational organized crime and delivering policing services to remote coastal communities across Papua New Guinea.

In addition to the vessel, the AFP, through the PNG-Australia Policing Partnership, will closely collaborate with the RPNGC Water Police Directorate to provide training on the operation of the PPV Minigulai. This collaboration aims to strengthen the rule of law in remote communities and ensure an effective presence of the RPNGC in the maritime domain.

The Commissioner of the AFP, Reece Kershaw, expressed pride in supporting the commissioning of PPV Minigulai, emphasizing its significance in border protection, rescue capabilities, and marine enforcement. He reiterated the commitment of the AFP to work hand in hand with the RPNGC in their joint efforts to keep communities safe.

RPNGC Commissioner David Manning highlighted the importance of the PPV Minigulai in building capacity and safeguarding the coastal regions of Papua New Guinea. He underscored that the vessel, as the largest maritime asset in the RPNGC fleet, will contribute to the effective delivery of policing services throughout the country.

Furthermore, during his visit to Port Moresby, the Attorney-General, the Hon. Mark Dreyfus KC MP, joined Commissioner Kershaw and Commissioner Manning on a tour of the Bomana Police Training College. This college will serve as the site for a new Recruit and Investigations Training Centre, which will be developed as part of the PNG-Australia Bilateral Security Agreement. The center aims to become a regional center of excellence, providing training support to police forces across the Pacific.

The ongoing collaboration between the AFP and RPNGC also includes training in less-than-lethal use of force to address capability gaps in responding to incidents such as civil disorder or armed offenders. The AFP has been delivering this training to RPNGC officers in Port Moresby, and it will soon be extended to other provincial centers.

Moreover, as part of Australia’s commitments under the PNG-Australia Bilateral Security Agreement, the AFP will assist the RPNGC in constructing police housing in priority provinces. This initiative will allow RPNGC recruits to be located in regional centers after their graduation.