National Capital District-Central acting assistant police commissioner Jerry Frank said the aim was to “stem out crime and any other potentialthreats” before the Games. Only specially-trained young police officers with “excellent disciplinary records” will be picked for the unit.
“Our intention is to retain the best we have and redeploy them as members of this special task force,” he said.
Members of the unit will include criminal investigators, intelligence officers, water police, airborne tactical unit, mobile squad, traffic police, prosecution, dog handlers, drug and vice squad and community policing.
“The selection and training of this special unit will culminate in the launching of a special operation in NCD and Central code-named “Pull your socks up” – to inspire police officers to recommit themselves to the various challenges.
Frank said police were aware of the increase in the number of people migrating to Port Moresby from other provinces.
That had led to an increase in squatter settlements and the high unemployment rate in the capital city.
“It has soared to unprecedented levels, posing a major challenge to policing,” he said.
“The increase in population and over-crowding in public venues such as bus stops and market places has seen a rise in crime.” The unit will come under his command.
“Our aim is to reduce crime levels in the city and provide an environment that is not only conducive for the Games but for all citizens so that the city folks can continue to enjoy peace and freedom before, during and after the Games,” he said.
ONE PNG / The National