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PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea’s police minister Bryan Kramer says he will be reaching out to the Australian Federal Police for assistance in restructuring PNG's fraud squad.
The AFP has long historical links with PNG police, and Kramer wants that to extend to the beleaguered police anti-fraud unit.
Kramer says in recent years the fraud squad has been under-resourced and undermined in its ability to probe high-level corruption.
But speaking on FM100 radio, Kramer said the new government of James Marape has fresh resolve to fight corruption.
"My job is to clear the roadblocks so they [the fraud squad] can do their job.
"That will ensure they sit down and put in place some strict measures on their practice and protocols and procedures in carrying out their duties, because if they don't follow the process, then their arrest and/or charges they make will be thrown out of court."
Acting deputy police commissioner David Manning says crime and corruption must be reduced significantly to help take back PNG.
In a statement, Manning said this is exactly what police management intends to do.
He said the constabulary will adopt a result-driven approach where every officer is expected to arrest, charge and successfully convict offenders who come in conflict with the law.
Manning said the basic fundamental roles and responsibilities of a police officer is to arrest, charge, prosecute and convict felons, but this has not been happening because of many attributing factors.
He said the performance of every police officer will now come under the radar of the Royal PNG Constabulary executive management to ensure the rate of arrest, prosecution and conviction increases throughout the country.