Press Release

Media awareness launched for APEC SOM3

30/07/2018

Having the support and cooperation of the Papua New Guinea public is critical to the success of security operations for the 2018 Asia Pacific Economic Countries meeting said Deputy Commander of the Joint Security Task Force Assistant Commissioner of Police Naua Vanuawaru.

ACP Vanuawaru made this comment last week in Port Moresby when he launched the Joint Security Task Force (JSTF) Pre-Operations Media Awareness Program for the third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM3).

ACP Vanuawaru said the Media awareness program is purposely to educate the people and to solicit their support in making the SOM3 and finally the leaders meeting in November a success.

Vanuawaru called on the people especially in the National Capital District to be supportive and work with the JSTF in its effort to ensure the city is safe and clean in preparation for the APEC meeting in November.

He said 40 JSTF personals will be engaged in this awareness program and they will be from the Dog Unit, the NCD Community policing Unit and Central Police.

The launch was witnessed by the NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Perou N’Dranou and his officers.

Chief Superintendent N’Dranou said his team had started the security operation since last year and were very supportive of security operations for APEC 2018.

“Behind the scenes, we do our utmost best to ensure that crimes are at a control level and also assist in making sure the public places are clean,” said Mr N’Dranou.

He said his command will continue to work with and support the JSTF members to have in place proper security measures and maintain law and order for the visiting nations to enjoy their stay during the meeting.

The Metropolitan Superintendent said that so far his team had carried out a number of awareness programs which has resulted in positive feedbacks from the public, however, there were requests raised by the public for more awareness on APEC itself as many members of the public do not fully understand what it is about and what benefits there are for PNG.

During the launch Mr N’Dranou also challenged his policemen to do their job professionally in order to get more public support.