The Bougainville Police Service received logistical assistance from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) through the PNG-Australia Policing Partner (PNG-APP) program in Buka last week.
The AFP Mission Commander Bruce Giles officially presented five vehicles, four 60 horsepower (HP) mercury engines, police uniforms and general purpose (GP) boots to the acting Deputy Chief of the Bougainville Police Service Chief Superintendent Paul Kamuai.
Commander Giles said, “Even though we are not present here on Bougainville, the APF mission in PNG always have the heart to assist the BPS in whatever ways we can. This logistical assistance is our contribution to the Bougainville Police in line with the New Zealand and other pacific island countries who are already on the ground to assist in the referendum security.”
Acting Deputy Chief Kamuai thanked the people and Government of Australia for the assistance, saying that it came at the time when they needed help the most.
“We normally exhaust the limited resources that we have and I have no doubt that these assets will be put into good use for the benefit of the people that they are intended for,” Mr Kamuai said, adding that the assistance has boosted the general standard and moral of the Bougainville Police to go further in the quest to provide a safe and secure environment for the referendum to take place.