By PATRICK SAKAL
SECURITY personnel of the Trukai Industries Limited in Lae and Port Moresby will join the reserve policing program following a deal between Trukai and Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC).
Trukai Industries Limited in partnership with RPNGC last week announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding at the police headquarters in Konedobu which saw selected Trukai security staff to join the RPNGC’s Reserve Police Program.
Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, Chief of Police Operations Deputy Commissioner, Jim Andrews, Deputy Commissioner Administration, Raphael Huafolo, Trukai Industries Limited (TIL) chief executive officer, Greg Worthington-Eyre, Trukai Industries Manager Security and Fleet, Frank Sogo were present for the signing.
Mr Worthington-Eyre said TIL understands the immense pressures the RPNGC faces amid the lack of resources, and hoped that this partnership would reduce some of these pressures with the support the company could provide through this program.
He said a lack of vehicle or manpower for example, makes it difficult at times for the police to be out there in the community to carry out their operations and address law and order issues which affect the communities.
“This is an important step towards the company because we are now contributing on a more holistic level in terms of what we can do for the community,” he said.
“To begin this MoU with the RPNGC’s Reserve Police Program, Trukai industries will provide a core group of eight Trukai security personnel.
“These individuals have been selected on the basis that they have a previous service background, such as in the police, military and CS.
“This number will be increased to 20 personnel over time, as we have this option open to us and want to contribute to an optimum level.
“It enhances our company culture to know we are helping the police forces in this way, and in turn the communities which we operate in.”
Mr Baki said it was a proud day for a PNG business to play a pivotal role in strengthening police services, thus improving safety for the citizens.
He said the selection of Trukai’s security personnel for the Police Reserve Program will also be subjected to set criteria, specifically a clean police record and a pass in basic policing course set by the Bomana Police College.