Caption: Police Commissioner Gari Baki
POLICE Commissioner Gari Baki has called on the public to make security their responsibility during the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup to be held next month.
He said it is the first time PNG is hosting such an international sporting event and the country’s image lies on how the people support the tournament.
“Like the Pacific Games, security belongs to everybody and it’s everyone’s responsibility. We are the only people that can stand up to the world and tell them that PNG is a united independent country and that our image rests on how we support the FIFA tournament.
“But we must ensure that every one of us take ownership of security and make it our business during the tournament,” Baki said.
He said the tournament will be held when school students are on holiday and encouraged the students and the public to go watch the tournament.
The security operations order has had input from the National Intelligence Office and other security partners to ensure the safety and security of the fans, international media and teams that will be in Port Moresby during the three-week tournament.
The first phase of the three phase operations commences at the end of the month where close to 200 women police officers will be participating in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup security operations.