“Besides the Bougainville Crisis, this is perhaps the largest number killed in any one year,” says Police Commissioner Gari Baki.
“The first two killings occurred in July this year whilst the third and fourth killings occurred on 30 September, a day after the National Police Remembrance Day.
“These killings demonstrate yet again the very real danger facing my men and women around the country. Nevertheless, we are committed to protecting and serving the 8 million people of PNG regardless of the risks to our personal safety.”
In his Christmas and New Year message, Baki described 2017 as a dramatic and challenging year for Papua New Guinea.
“We faced many challenges on numerous fronts. The single biggest challenge this year was the 2017 National General Elections.
“However, I must say that given the many impediments and the resource constraints, the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, with the assistance of its sister disciplined forces, managed to provide the environment for a generally peaceful, free, fair and safe national general election.”