THIRTY-six police officers completed a week-long workshop on gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS in Kokopo, East New Britain, last week.
Each were handed a certificate at the end of the sessions facilitated by the Population Service International.
Speaking at the closing of the workshop, regional training officer for police Joe Tabali said the workshop emphasised application of law, and justice regarding gender-based violence and human rights.
“With what you have learned, go out and make changes in your communities, workplace and at your home. Be responsible and perform your duties well,” Tabali told the participants.
He said sometimes police officers abused their power when dealing with people and law and order problems.
Tabali said when that happened, human rights were abused.
He urged the police officers to help out fellow officers with what they had learned.
“Being in the force is not just about investigations and arresting people who break the law, it is about educating the illiterate at the rural areas on what law and order really is,” he said.
Speaking at the end of the workshop, Islands police head, Chief Supt Anthony Billie urged the officers to change their approach this year when dealing with people and with certain issues in the region.
“We have always demanded respect from the people, the very people that we are to serve.
“Things have to change; we have to come down to their level and counsel them regarding their problems.
“Be attentive, their rights are very important. Their problems will be bigger if we do not be responsible officers. Put into practice what you have just learnt,” he said.
Billie said the region’s crime rate was not high compared with other regions.
He called on all police officers in the region to set their focus on new developments this year and onwards.
“We have to adjust on how we do policing, we have to be on the same level as other sectors,” he said.
Billie thanked the law and justice department for the funding. The National
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