Progress in crime prevention in Papua New Guinea


This seminar reveals that there has been progress in Papua New Guinea's crime prevention in certain areas and not in others. It shows that the previous project in 1975 has prompted Papua New Guinea to carry out a searching examination of the nature of crime and its causation in all cultures and to an appreciation of the social, political and economic realities of the phenomenon. There was a detectable informed loss of confidence in the penalty system as an agent of crime control. Critical eyes have been turned on existing statistical skills, methodologies and the amount of attention given to their routine compilation. There has been an increase in the proportion of cases in which pleas of guilty had been entered in the courts and a diminution in the frequency with which statements made to the police in criminal justice trials were being challenged.

Summary report of the seminar is attached.


Proceedings of a seminar held 4-8 October 1976


  • Introduction
  • Opening address
  • Progress towards crime prevention in Papua New Guinea
    Inspector H. Kneebone
  • The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary and crime prevention
    Mrs C. Gowdie
  • Progress on crime prevention statistics
    Mr R. Fergie
  • A summary of research into the current law and order problem of Port Moresby
    Mr M.L. Mackellar
  • Theft in Port Moresby
    Mr F. Young
  • Crime prevention in urban and rural areas - some proposals
    Mr N.K.F. O'Neill
  • The magisterial service
    Mr F. Iramu
  • Crime Prevention Council of Papua New Guinea
    Mr J. Aisa
  • Prospects and problems for crime control in Papua New Guinea
    Mr W. Clifford
  • Criminological research suggestions for Papua New Guinea
    Mr D. Biles
  • The training of criminal justice personnel - an on-going process
    Mr C.R. Bevan
  • Resolutions
  • Conclusion
  • List of participants
  • Programme - 'Progress towards crime prevention in Papua New Guinea'
  • Press clippings