The New Zealand
government has allocated Rp 20 million (US$ 2 million) in aid for the Papua Community Policing program, which is slated to commence in September. It is a three-year program in which members of the NZ police will run a Training for Trainers (TOT) program to work on
community-based approaches for Indonesian Police officers in Papua.
'There will be two NZ police officers stationed in Papua on a rotational basis, and will be helped by a number of instructors,' NZ Ambassador to Indonesia David Taylor said on Monday after meeting with Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian.
'The main purpose is to foster relations between the community and the police in Papua,' he added.
Taylor said that his government respected the full territorial integrity of Indonesia in Papua, and would fully support the central and regional governments' approach in prioritizing the economic aspect to address many issues in Papua.
The NZ government has also rejected any form of violence and offense because they do not resolve problems, including actions by armed civilians that disrupt security.
'All parties should sit together and negotiate to find solutions for the issues and challenges faced by Papua,' said Taylor.
Commenting on this, Tito said he was optimistic that the program offered by the NZ government would support law enforcement in Papua.
'There are tough ways and there are soft ways to deal with violence and we always use hard measures as a last resort,' (asw/dic)