Acting Police Commissioner

New acting police commissioner outlines plan

Though he appreciates the opportunity and confidence in him, he says he will not take his appointment lightly.

“We now have an opportunity to set a solid foundation as to how best we can rebuild the constabulary,” Manning stated.

“And I think this is our approach, in the interim, to rebuild the constabulary. We are well aware of the challenges and if it takes the whole 7,000 members of the constabulary to drive those changes then that is what we are planning to do, every rank and file.”

PM concerned with lack of visibility: Acting commissioner

Francis Tokura gave as an example the three recent high profile arrests of public servants.

Warning bells sounded when a senior PNG Customs officer was arrested for his involvement in an alleged tax evasion, the arrest of MRDC Managing Director Augustine Mano as well as the arrest of the CEO of the National Gaming Control Board.

Acting Police Commissioner Tokura said the senior management of the Royal PNG Constabulary had no visibility on these cases until the arrests were published in the media.

Acting Police Commissioner pledges to maintain stability

Francis Tokura says he will ensure they continue to carry out their constitutional mandate of protecting lives and property, as well as maintaining law and order.

Tokura, who was the chief of the Bougainville Police Service prior to his appointment, assures that they will be doing their level best to move the Royal PNG Constabulary forward, which includes continuing with the initiatives set by the former management.

Normalcy restored at RPNGC

Police Minister Bryan Kramer gave the assurance during a press conference today at the Police Headquarters.

Acting Police Commissioner, Francis Tokura, acting Deputy Police Commissioner – Operations, David Manning, and acting Deputy Police Commissioner – Administration, Joanne Clarkson, will all serve for a period of three months.

Constant changes negatively affecting RPNGC: Baki

Acting Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, said within the last 13 years, the RPNGC has had 13 police commissioners – six permanent appointments and seven acting appointments.

“If it continues like this, this Constabulary will never build a house,” Baki said in yesterday’s press briefing.

The July 7th briefing followed a directive from Police Minister, Bryan Kramer, for Baki to stop work, while Deputy Police Commissioners Jim Andrews and Raphael Huafolo were replaced after their contracts expired on July 4th.

Andrews disappointed with Police Union

In response to comments made by the Police Union, Mr Andrews said transfers and appointment of senior police officers are the prerogative of the Police Commissioner which in this case was done to effectively address the lawless situation in the troubled Southern Highlands Province.

 “My door is always open and the Union Executives should have talked to me rather than going to the media making unnecessary comments,” Acting Commissioner Andrews said.