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Security Is Paramount, Says Yee

In an effort to have a successful 2015 Pacific Games The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary and PNG Defence Force senior officers made a joint commitment to guarantee a “safe
04 Sep 2014 12:11
Security Is Paramount, Says Yee
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (right) with Corrections Service Commissioner Commander Francis Kean at the commissioning of the new chapel on Friday, October 15, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

In an effort to have a successful 2015 Pacific Games The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary and PNG Defence Force senior officers made a joint commitment to guarantee a “safe and secure” games.

Weightlifting Fiji Secretary Christopher Yee has applauded the effort of the 2015 Pacific Games organising committee in trying to provide good security to athletes and officials next year.

“It’s good they are providing a tight security as we know in any big games like this security is paramount to players and officials,

“I’m sure they will definitely provide everything for the visiting teams in the 2015 Pacific Games,” Yee said.

According to the Games organising committee police and defence officers have been meeting at Murray Barracks, Port Moresby, to identify how the PNGDF can bolster the security effort over the period of the Games, in July next year.

Head of Games Security Chief Superintendent David Manning said they would  ensure a good plan to protect athletes and officials during the game.

“Integrating the PNGDF contribution to the security operations is key to ensuring that we have a robust plan to protect the athletes and officials, and everyone who will be in Port Moresby for this major event” Manning said.

The PNGDF has been planning how it will support the police, with niche capabilities earmarked for security duties. The planning has involved in-depth support from the Constabulary, the Pacific Games Committee, and a training team from the Australian Army.

“We will be working together to ensure that the Games in 2015 are a great experience for athletes and spectators alike, and that everyone is able to enjoy the sport and the PNG culture. Of course there will be some inconvenience for people, and we will be tailoring the security presence to make sure it is absolutely effective without it taking over completely,” he said.

The joint effort between the Constabulary and Defence Force will also incorporate private security firms, the Department of Corrections and volunteers, and will be set up to deal with contingencies up to and including a terrorist attack.

“There are some extremists out there who might want to try to hijack these games for their own political gains, and while in a democracy they are free to demonstrate peacefully should they choose to do so, anyone who goes too far will be dealt with immediately,

Acting Joint Force Commander PNGDF Lt Col Tony Aseavu also echoed the same sentiments saying the security of athletes and officials is paramount.

“Everyone should know that we in the PNGDF will stand ready to support our colleagues in the Constabulary and provide military support where this is required,” Lt Col Tony Aseavu said.

The Australian Defence Force support is part of a larger engagement with PNG, with a series of joint exercises getting underway.

The Australian planning team is led by Major Judd Finger, the Operations Officer of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment and said his team is working closely with the Games organisers to help.

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