ROYAL PAPUA NEW GUINEA CONSTABULARY
MINISTRY OF INTERNAL SECURITY
Minister Responsible for Police
HON. ALPHONSE WILLIE, MP
MINISTER FOR INTERNAL SECURITY
On the occasion to launch the
ROYAL PAPUA NEW GUINEA CONSTABULARY'S
CORPORATE PLAN 2006 - 2010
Good morning everyone.
May I take the opportunity this morning to acknowledge:
Ø Commissioner of Police, Mr Sam Inguba,
Ø Constitutional office holders,
Ø Deputy Commissioners of Police, Mr Gari Baki, Chief of Operations, and Mr Tom Kulunga, Chief of Finance & Administration,
Ø Senior officers, especially Divisional and provincial police commanders,
Ø Representatives of the Law & Justice Sector Program,
Ø Members of the Justice Advisory Group,
Ø Representatives of the NCM,
Ø Distinguished guests,
Ø Members of the media.
I am honoured to be a part of this special ceremony to mark the launch of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary's Corporate Plan for the year 2006 to 2010.
This incidentally will be my first official duty as the new Minister for Internal Security.
I know the former minister, Honourable Bire Kimisopa made a lot of progress when he was in this chair. I assure you all that I will do my best to continue the good work he started.
Let me begin my speech by asking each and every member of the Constabulary to have confidence and renewed strength in their profession.
Policemen and women, by the very nature of your job, you are peacemakers.
You are blessed and have a God-given mission to bring peace and law and order into our communities.
Corporate plans, for any organisation, sets out priorities and details how they will be achieved. The current corporate plan for the Constabulary covered the years 2002 to 2007.
The Constabulary's top management saw the need for an early review of the current Corporate Plan because of a number of significant changes, both within and outside of the organisation, one of which is the Police Review Report and its 62 recommendations. These changes including many of the Police Review Report recommendations had to be taken into account and reflected within the corporate plan.
The Constabulary's vision is to be "A Professional and Trusted Community Orientated Police Service".
Our mission is to secure a safer community in partnership with all stakeholders.
The Constabulary has a number of corporate objectives which include:
Maintaining Law and Order in Partnership with the Community;
Improved Investigation, Detection and Prosecution of Offences;
A Highly Professional and Accountable Organisation;
Improved Highway and Resource Project Safety; and
A Well Equipped and Professional Police Service.
These objectives, ladies and gentlemen, will progress the Government's Medium Term Development Strategy (2005 - 2010), as well as the public sector reform agenda because the key result areas within the plan are Leadership and Accountability, Community Policing and Improved Investigations of major crimes.
The National Government wants a professional and if I might add, caring police service, one that is working closely with the community to providing security and thereby allowing them to improve their livelihood.
Our police force must be one that is willing to work in partnership with the community to provide the conditions for progress and development.
The development of the Constabulary's corporate plan begins that process towards change for the better.
With the launch of this corporate plan I am pleased that the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary will now be one of few government organisations to have in place a corporate plan which was developed following much wider consultation with the stakeholders.
What you see now before you is the fruit of hard work and cooperative effort between the Constabulary's working group, the Law and Justice sector Program and AusAID.
On that note I wish to thank the Law and Justice Sector Program, and especially AusAID for the funding much of the work put into developing this corporate plan. Your assistance is acknowledged and appreciated.
The RPNGC's corporate plan outlines strategies that will move the Constabulary forward.
I am confident that this Corporate Plan 2006 - 2010 will guide the Constabulary as it endeavours to improve the delivery of police services to the communities within Papua New Guinea because it was endorsed by the organisation's senior management, whom I intend to work closely with to ensure the realisation of the Constabulary's vision, mission and objectives.
I will work closely with the police force's top management and the Law and Justice Sector Program to advocate and push for improvements to be made within the Constabulary in particular and the sector in general.
Rest assured, I will support you in any way I can at the political level to assist you achieve your vision, mission and objectives.
I feel it appropriate to at this point to acknowledge the contribution of the Constabulary, in one form or another, over the last 100-plus years in the development of Papua New Guinea.
Before everything else, there was the kiap and the policeman. They opened up and united Papua New Guinea. They brought law and order into all corners of the country.
Ladies and gentlemen, I cannot stress enough the importance of the police force and its contribution in the future and further development of Papua New Guinea.
On that note I remind you all once again that our vision, mission and objectives which are contained in our soon-to-be launched corporate plan basically show what the RPNGC wants to become and what we hope to achieve within the next five years.
But our vision, mission and corporate objectives will remain just words on paper, unless each and every one of you policemen and women in partnership with others in the law and justice sector and the community at large decide to stand up and make a difference.
Remember, you are blessed, and you will be called sons and daughters of God, if you do your job without fear or favour.
You must all believe that you are in your calling and not just in any other job. Then and only then will we achieve our vision, mission and objectives, as laid out in the corporate plan which I am pleased to officially launch.
Without further ado, I, as Minister for Internal Affairs responsible for Police, now officially launch the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary's Corporate Plan 2006-2010.
Thank you ladies and gentlemen.
Honourable ALPHONSE WILLIE, MP
Minister for Internal Security
April 21, 2006