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Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary


The Papua New Guinea Constabulary is an organistion that provide policing in the Papua New Guinea.  To the number of Police personnel in PNG is about 40000. The government of PNG is trying to increase the police force and recruitment of officers are done every year.

History The RPNGC was formed from two predecessor bodies that existed prior to the independence of Papua New Guinea. The Royal Papuan Constabulary, initially established by the Australian colonial administration as part of setting up Papua in the late 19th century, and the New Guinea Police Force which covered the former German New Guinea and British New Guinea also set up by Australia, initially during World War I and formalized as part of the League of Nations mandate of 1920.
The constabulary played a significant role resisting the Japanese occupation of New Guinea during World War II. The two colonial territories were gradually amalgamated during and after World War II leading to the merger of the two forces. The structure was retained after Papua New Guinea gained independence in 1975, although the name shifted from Royal Papua and New Guinea Constabulary to the present name with the removal of the “and” in 1972.


The RPNGC is part of the Law and Justice Sector of the government of Papua New Guinea. It is headquartered in Konedobu, a suburb of Port Moresby, the capital city, in the National Capital District. As of 2008, the Police Commissioner is Gari Baki, with several Deputy Commissioners having responsibility for organizational functions and regions.
The RPNGC has been aided in the past by various Australian initiatives, including supplying police forces and providing hundreds of millions of Australian dollars in assistance with budget, equipment and staffing. This aid is governed under the 1989 Treaty on Development Cooperation and has been carried out in several 5 year phases. [6] For example, in phase II of the aid project, Australia budgeted A$80 million to deploy 53 full-time officers and materiel support.[6] Phase III of the same program saw a proposal for an Enhanced Cooperation Programme with over 200 officers dispatched to aid in operations in 2004.[8] However after the PNG Supreme Court ruled the officers were not immune from prosecution, they were withdrawn amid diplomatic wrangling.
The RPNGC makes use of Community Auxiliary Police, volunteer forces that aid in policing rural communities

Goals and Objects

The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) prides itself with its planning and implementation processes.  Through the strategic management system, the Constabulary has made significant advances in planning, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of its operations.  However, there is still much to achieve.  With the help of the Law and Justice Sector, we look forward to further growth and development.

With the era of new technologies, the Constabulary has seen improvements in its information systems and communications, which are all positive policing initiatives that have achieved results.  This RPNGC web page is a result of advancements in communication and information technology.  In the policy and administration areas, the Government Review Team has been put in place to review our structural management.  As we progress into the 21st century, the new payroll system or concept will be evaluated.  We can also improve on Equal Employment Opportunity policies.

In the operational area, achievements have been realized in the area of community policing.

Our greatest support has been the development of our planning processes, culminating in each area being evaluated twice yearly.  I have introduced the Commissioner’s Command Conference, which is staged bi-annually to focus on the developments and progress of respective commanders.  The conference provides an avenue for the commanders to report on their achievements and challenges.

There is a greater sense of community within the Constabulary and this is evident in our community policing approach in which the Constabulary is moving away from a strictly reactive approach, instead embracing itself in a community-orientated approach.

The RPNGC looks forward to seeing greater networking partnerships for the betterment of the Constabulary in pursuit of our national development, especially now that is part of the Sectoral approach.

With this, I congratulate the RPNGC for being part of this Sectoral initiative, keeping in touch with the wider community through this new information-based technology.

Originally posted on March 14, 2023 @ 1:15 pm

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