Law enforcement authorities must be law abiding

Society will be law abiding if law enforcement authorities are law abiding, Justice Panuel Mogish told police officers during a parade at Bereina station, Central Province, on Friday.

He called on all personnel in the law and justice sector to abide by the law and respect it to be respected in return.

“I want to remind you all police personnel, soldiers and wardens that the uniform you wear, it is not yours. It belongs to the 7 million people of Papua New Guinea,” he told officers in a parade before the start of a court user’s forum.

“Everyone contributes to that uniform you wear, it is public property. A lot of times, we hear news of policemen doing the wrong things, we don’t need that.

“Society will be law abiding if the law enforcement authorities are law abiding, that’s the basis. That’s respect, respect is two-way. If respect is one way, we will have law and order crisis.”

Justice Mogish also called on the officers to not mix their uniforms up but wear it with pride like they do in parades.

“Look after that uniform, respect it. Respect the rights of the community. I also encourage the community to respect the rule of law,” he added.

(Caption: Justice Mogish addressing police officers at Bereina, Central Province.)


Sally Pokiton