Papua New Guinea police say Malaysian logging company Rimbunan Hijau funded the deployment of officers to the site of an anti-oil palm protest in East New Britain.
Radio Australia reports that villagers have been protesting against the plantation on the grounds that the land was leased without their consent.
Last week police officers were sent to the area. Protestors claim two men were arrested and others were beaten.
Assistant Commissioner Anton Billy says Rimbunan Hijau flew the officers to the area and is paying their allowances and providing accommodation. He says this arrangement is normal.