Thirty-nine (39) members of the Public Order Battalion (BOP) received basic training in public order service before deploying to work on the ground.

Thirty-nine (39) members of the Public Order Battalion (BOP) received basic training in public order service before deploying to work on the ground.

The general commander of National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL), Commissioner Julio da Costa Hornai said the aim was to train them on the basics so they are clear of their duties and before they deploy to their respective units.
"Thirty-nine (39) graduating agents will strengthen the special units [of PNTL] particularly at the BOP to provide security during the parliamentary election and will provide support to other situations,” he said in Dili.
He added the training covers the fundamentals about the role of the PNTL and on how they can manage public disturbance situations and maintain public order, and to develop specific competences to be able to perform their duties.
He said PNTL command has purchased their gear and other equipment.
On the other hand, the commander of Special Police Unit, Superintendent Chief Afonso dos Santos said the trainers are from the Portuguese National Republican Guard (GNR) including also other UEP instructors. The training is conducted over a three-month period.
After graduation, agents are placed in the support of existing platoons and at the end of the parliamentary election, they will be placed in the Bravo Company in Baucau Municipality and Delta Company in Bobonaro Municipality.
On the other hand, Member of Commission B (security, defense, foreign affairs), MP Cesar Valente said the training is very important for the members of special units of PNTL to know clearly their duties including how to provide good services to the community at the grassroots level.
"They should know clearly what their duties are and what they are supposed to do within the community," he said.
The MP added that situations where the police threaten and hit the community should not happen because their duty is to protect people from danger and prevent conflict.