History Timeline

1884

First Police Force in Papua Force Established

1884 - The first police force in Papua (the southeastern part of present-day Papua New Guinea) is established by the British administration. This small force was responsible for maintaining law and order and safeguarding the interests of the British colonial administration.
1906

The Papua Police Force is established

1906 - The Papua Police Force is established as part of the administration of the Territory of Papua. This force was made up of both local and European personnel, and its responsibilities included maintaining law and order, protecting life and property, and ensuring the smooth functioning of the colonial administration.
1949

The Combined Police Force Established

1949 - The Territory of Papua and the Trust Territory of New Guinea (currently known as Papua New Guinea) are combined to form the Territory of Papua and New Guinea. The combined police forces form the Papua and New Guinea Police Force. This newly formed force was tasked with maintaining law and order and providing security for the population across the entire territory.
1964

Renamed to RPNGC

1964 - The Papua and New Guinea Police Force is renamed the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) to reflect its role as a national police force. The name change was intended to emphasize the importance of the RPNGC in serving and protecting the people of Papua New Guinea.
1975

PNG Independence

1975 - Papua New Guinea gains independence from Australia and the RPNGC becomes the national police force of the newly independent country. The RPNGC was tasked with maintaining law and order and protecting the safety and security of the people of Papua New Guinea in the newly independent nation.
1980s-1990s

The RPNGC faced various challenges

1980s-1990s - The RPNGC faced various challenges during this time period, including a lack of funding, insufficient training and equipment, and increasing crime and violence. The RPNGC struggled to respond effectively to these challenges, leading to widespread public dissatisfaction with its performance.
2000

The RPNGC underwent modernization and reforms

2000s - The RPNGC underwent modernization and reforms, with the aim of improving its capabilities and responsiveness to the needs of the community. This included increasing the size and capability of the force, improving training and equipment, and enhancing its ability to respond to the needs of the community. The RPNGC also began to focus on improving its internal operations, such as increasing transparency and accountability, and reducing corruption.
2023

RPNGC Today

Today - The RPNGC continues to serve as the national police force of Papua New Guinea, working to maintain law and order and protect the safety and security of the people. Despite the efforts made in recent years to modernize and reform the force, the RPNGC still faces ongoing challenges, such as addressing transnational crime, maintaining the integrity of the police force, and improving the overall level of service provided to the community. The RPNGC remains committed to its mission of serving and protecting the people of Papua New Guinea, and is constantly striving to improve its capabilities and effectiveness.