TEN VEHICLES have been given to law enforcement bodies in Papua New Guinea as part of the Australian government’s aid program.

Eight vehicles were provided to support Family and Sexual Violence Units of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, set up to support survivors of violence and respond to crime.

Since 2009 Australia has been supporting the establishment of Family and Sexual Violence Units and desks at 14 police stations around the country, as well as providing specialised training for police officers investigating such crimes.

PNG Police are currently building or planning four new Units in Kerema, in the Gulf Province, Mendi in the Southern Highlands, Tari in the Hela province and Manus Island.

Aside from these places, vehicles were also sent to the provinces of Madang and Morobe, the National Capital District and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

The Australian Government provided K1.2 million to fund the purchase of the vehicles through the PNG-Australia Law and Justice Partnership-Transition Program.

Earlier this year, the government also donated two vehicles to National Judicial Staff Services to support the work of the National Criminal Process Improvement Project.

Under the leadership of Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia and supported by the law and justice sector, the project builds aims to improve coordination amongst agencies to promote the fair, timely and effective disposition of criminal cases.

Counsellor Michael Slone of the Australian High Commission said he hoped the vehicles would help to strengthen service delivery in the law and justice sector.

“These vehicles will assist the National Criminal Process Improvement project by enabling greater mobility to conduct research, identify areas for improvement and facilitate better coordination across the law and justice sector,” he said.