FORTY Bougainvillean men and women have graduated from an intensive course that boosts students’ education to enable them to apply for recruit training at Bomana Police College.

The 16 women and 24 men began the pre-recruit education program in February, covering a range of subjects including English, mathematics, computing, law, mediation and human rights.

Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) assistant police commissioner Francis Tokura said the program’s successful recruitment and training of young Bougainvilleans would increase the future strength of the police service in Bougainville.

“Those applicants who are successful in completing the six months recruit training at Bomana Police Training College will be posted back to serve in Bougainville,” Mr Tokura said.