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Papua New Guinea: Launch of workshop on policing standards

25-02-2014 News Release

Port Moresby (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Special Services Division of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary launched a three-day workshop yesterday in Port Moresby on international policing standards and the exercise of police powers.

Running until 26 February, the workshop brings together 18 officers, including mobile squad commanders, section and team leaders as well as five senior officers from the PNG Defence Force representing the Land and Sea Operations Divisions.

"The ICRC is committed to supporting the Constabulary in its efforts to integrate human rights and humanitarian principles into its working procedures and standards," said Gauthier Lefèvre, head of the ICRC's mission in Papua New Guinea. "In 2012, for instance, the Constabulary promoted internationally recognized policing standards among its members through the public launch and distribution of an ICRC booklet. The participation of the PNG Defence Force at this workshop is also important, given their role in joint law enforcement operations with the Constabulary. We hope to continue our engagement with both organizations in the future."

The ICRC has amassed considerable expertise in running courses on law enforcement for police forces worldwide. This workshop will cover topics such as policing challenges and constraints, arrest and detention, use of force and firearms, public order management and riot control. "The programme balances practical case studies with theory for interactive and effective learning. Participants will also examine the root causes for violent behaviour in situations of disorder," said John-Erik Jensen, a former Danish police officer who is now the ICRC's regional police expert and a keynote speaker at the workshop this week.

Chief Inspector Perou N'Dranou, superintendent of operations at the Boroko Police Station in Port Moresby, will facilitate a case study and group discussion on riot control during the workshop. "I participated in the public order management seminar for senior police officers in East Asia and the Pacific, organized by the ICRC in November 2013 in Indonesia, which gave me a solid theoretical basis in this field," said Mr N'Dranou. "I am happy to share my knowledge and experience with the colleagues here this week."

The ICRC supports the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary by providing it with training and didactic material on human rights and humanitarian principles. In 2013, the ICRC organized two five-day workshops for senior and mid-rank officers from the Highlands and Bougainville. Three workshops for local police officers were also held in Buin, Arawa and Buka.

For further information, please contact:
Ashot Astabatsyan, ICRC Port Moresby, tel: +67 570 880 624
Helen Amnol, ICRC Port Moresby, tel: +67 571 927 175