PNG-APP donates three new prison vans to centres

PNG - APP donates three new prison vans centres.

Three  brand new   robustly kitted prison vans were donated to three  police command centres in the country, to ensure inmates are securely transported to court on time and court cases are heard and expedited in a timely manner.

The vans were donated by the  Australian Federal Police (AFP) through the   PNG Australia Policing Partnership (PNG-APP) program.

Chief of Police Operations, Acting Deputy Commissioner, David Manning said that  vans  would  specially  enhanced transportation and security for detainees in police custody. 

The vans were donated to NCD Metropolitan Command, Lae Metropolitan Command, Morobe province, and Kimbe Police Station, West New Britain Province.

“The donation is timely and vital to the Constabulary with prisoners’ movements in NCD, Morobe and the West New Britain province where vans are being donated so far,” said Chief Manning. 

“The concern came about when Judges and magistrates often criticized the Constabulary for failing to bring felons to court on time, thus availability of a new prison van in those provinces will definitely improve security for inmates’ transfers and alleviate the problems of arriving late for court sessions.”

Presented at the ceremony were Commander Giles, Mr. Manning, Commander of NCD/Central Assistant Commissioner, Donald Yamasombi and senior AFP and RPNGC officers came together in a small but significant ceremony.  

“We cannot thank you enough for the generosity afforded to the constabulary as it added what is good for the partnership is also good for the community,’’ Mr Manning said   

Commander Giles said the PNG-APP was extending its reach beyond Port Moresby and Lae because there is a very big necessity for such resources and logistics in the other provinces.

“Specifically, on this occasion, one of the vehicles is going to Kimbe. By donating the vehicle to Kimbe,   the PNG-APP was doing  something visible for the other provinces, away from its traditional boundaries in Port Moresby and    Lae,” said Mr. Giles.

Commander Giles  added that   for three years (2015-2018) , the PNG -Australia Policing partnership program focused on APEC 2018 by donating boats, vehicles and motor bikes.

He said more  concentration   and emphasis was also placed on training and equipping the Close Protection Officers (CPO), but  added that  the program was now shifting back into supporting other areas of policing.

It is expected that one of the  vans will be shipped across  to Kimbe  later this month.