Security firm tightens up act for Bougainville referendum
2 July, 2019, 9:13 pm
PORT MORESBY, 02 JULY 2019 (POST COURIER) – As the days count down towards the issue of writs on August 16 and polling for the Bougainville referendum on 19 October, a local security firm is also tightening up security checks as the region draws near to the occasion.
Contracted by the national flag carrier since 1997 to provide security at the Buka airport terminal, High Risk Security, formerly known as United Bougainville Security, has taken delivery of its new uniforms for its personnel.
The new attire will boost the morale of its manpower now at the airport and as well as its identity as a home-based security firm as part of its preparation to help the Bougainville police service to keep law and order, maintain peace and security throughout the referendum and into the transition period.
Operations manager Herman Kutein said the company has always taken ownership of the Bougainville peace process by upholding law and order and security checks in the region.
Kutein, who is an ex-combatant himself, said the company was not established purposely to make money but to help the police service in the peace process.
He said the company has maintained that objective for 22 years since 1997, while gun shots were still being heard.
“We want to help our police service provide a peaceful environment to attract business opportunities for investors in Bougainville,” he said.
Kutein said the company’s security personnel undergo integral human development training to up-skill them for any high risk tasks that the company is assigned to perform.
He said so far, the company has trained 2900 security officers who are currently being employed all over Papua New Guinea.
Kutein said the officers who remained at home are tasked to take ownership of “our homeland by keeping in check the peace process and providing security”.
He said when foreigners or outsiders come to Bougainville, the first people they meet are the guards, who monitor security systems.
The security operations manager said they have confiscated bullets, hand grenades and firearms from passengers.