SENIOR members of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) have agreed on a plan to implement the PNG government’s Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) Policy.

This approach has been developed to address a number of issues where individuals are directly or indirectly being disadvantaged or discriminated against, including people living with disabilities and HIV/AIDS, and discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender or other personal attributes.

Formally approved by the National Executive Council in December 2012, the GESI policy applies to all national government departments and provincial, district and local level government administrations, encouraging them to embrace the principles of respect, equity and diversity.

Senior police officers met in June for a workshop run through the PNG-Australia Law and Justice Partnership – Transition Program to plan for the implementation of the policy.

Once the action plan is developed, police plan to hold GESI workshops at provincial police headquarters, in the hope of bringing the policy to the highest levels of the constabulary.

Australian High Commission counsellor Michael Sloane said the policy was crucial for the RPNGC, as a major employer in Papua New Guinea and as a service provider for some of the country’s most vulnerable people.

“Internal training of the GESI Policy within the RPNGC will facilitate the cascading of diversity and equity principles through the organisation, as well as into the community through delivery of policing services,” he said.

It is hoped that the introduction of the GESI Policy into business processes and systems, such as recruitment, training and performance management, will ensure that it becomes a part of everyday public service practices and delivery.