The Pacific

Australians in the Land of the Unexpected

It was reported a few months ago that a group of Australian Federal Police officers may move to Papua New Guinea to act as advisers to the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary. One comment suggested that these men and women could end up sidelined due to resentment within the RPNGC at “neo-colonial intrusion”. The police mindset may perhaps manifest itself in this way, although the AFP’s Assistant Commissioner Frank Prendergast has been quoted as saying, “Developing the relationship between the AFP and the RPNGC has been critical in the scoping phase to ensure that the RPNGC … is comfortable with…

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