Congreso “International Mediation and Arbitration Conference». Papua New Guinean. March 29, 2019.

PRESENTATIONS from members of the Spanish law enforcement fraternity at the IMAC yesterday underlined alternative approaches and functions of municipal police forces, with lessons to PNG on the effectiveness of less heavy-handed approaches to policing.
The presentations by Valencia police mediation coordinator, Inspector Antonio Berlanga and Dr Paz Lloria Garcia from the University of Valencia yesterday, outlined a policing model which placed a higher emphasis on police mediation and has proved an outrageous success in Valencia City, Spain.
During her presentation yesterday, Dr Garcia highlighted how Valencia city police (with a population of 790,201 people) opted to implement a “coexistence motivator model” of policing over the “penalty security model” (which is the typical policing model used throughout the world).
She added that the difference between the two was that the “coexistence motivator model” promoted cooperation and increased community participation in upholding the peace; whereas the “penalty security model” excluded individuals and vested the upkeep of community peace solely with the police.
Although some may argue that policing in Spain may be a far cry from the situation in PNG, the dissatisfaction expressed by many Papua New Guineans over the effectiveness of the Royal PNG Constabulary in recent years has had many citizens asking if a change in approach could also benefit our communities.


La participación de Antonio Berlanga, Inspector de la PLV y Paz Lloria, Profesora Titular de Derecho penal y Directora de PROTECPOL en el Congreso Internacional “International Mediation and Arbitration Conference”, celebrado en Papua Nueva Guinea (PNG) ha superado las expectativas creadas”. El Inspector Berlanga expuso la experiencia de la ciudad de Valencia en Mediación policial, y los buenos resultados obtenidos. La Dra. Paz Lloria disertó sobre la relación que existe entre los modelos de espacio urbano y las funciones de policía, explicando también que el modelo motivador, que busca alternativas a la sanción, es el que se busca para Valencia con la nueva ordenanza de civismo en el espacio urbano. Ambas intervenciones han generado un importante debate entre los participantes en el congreso, y la solicitud de nuevos encuentros, calificando a nuestra ciudad y a nuestra Policía Local como un ejemplo a seguir.
Desde aquí queremos agradecer la invitación a participar en este encuentro internacional a Justin Amber Kandakasi (Corte Suprema) financiado por el Gobierno de PNG y el ADB.

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