The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, with great pride and excitement, opened the refurbished Boroko Police Station this week.
Speaking first at the opening, Assistant Commissioner Anthony Wagambie Jnr challenged the Boroko Police Station Commander (PSC) and his officers to improve with performance and look after the station. He challenged the PSC to take ownership and look after the station, also stating that the officers approach with the public must change.
”Our job is to serve, we must serve the public in a professional way. With the working environment changed, the mindset must change” he said.
The Commander of the Southern Federal Police Contingent deployed in the country, Assistant Commissioner Jamie Strauss stressed the importance of the opening, stating that in 2020, the Australian Federal Police and the RPNGC, under the PNG-Australian Police Partnership, reviewed a combination of requirements that highlighted many of the buildings at the Station were in need of significant repair and maintenance.
He also added that the station was the heart of policing in Port Moresby.
“The AFP saw it as a priority to refurbish the station,” Commissioner Strauss said.
Assistant Commissioner Straus also highlighted that the station is where the police and public interact, often under difficult circumstances and that providing a refurbished station with a hauswin for members of the public to have a dry, safe and comfortable environment to gather and report crime.
He further added that the AFP and the Australian Govt. were extremely pleased to be able to provide the police station upgrade.
Police Commissioner David Manning in congratulating the organizing committee and the AFP, encouraged the officers of the Boroko Police Station to continue to observe protocols and traditions of the proud institution that is the RPNGC.
He encouraged the crowd, adding that the station was for the public.
“Every person that you see standing here are here to serve you,” he said whole addressing the public.
Commissioner Manning stated that the RPNGC is in a transition phase and at a critical junction in it’s history. He said rebuilding the force and resetting our attitudes to our profession and more importantly restoring the confidence of the communities in the constabulary to bring about a just and secure society is what they a working towards.