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An American elite security company, Lawrence Aviation & security Group, will be engaged to train 120 Papua New Guinea police officers on security for the 2018 APEC Leaders meeting.
Police Commissioner, Gary Baki confirmed this in a statement, after public concerns of sightings of these armed security personnel around Port Moresby.
The training will be for five months and comes after commissioner Baki identified the need to upskill police officers on rapid response.
With APEC 2018 a year away, Commissioner Baki is concerned about the response capability if there is a hostage situation.
The company was invited to the country earlier this year and made a presentation to the Defense Force , Correctional service, Customs and others.
The U.S. embassy was informed that two security personnel currently in the capital have been authorised to go on patrols with the task force unit and to make assessments.
Observations made will be addressed after the fifteen men security trainers arrive in the country.
SOURCE: NBC NEWS/PACNEWS
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