Police Minister

Police Minister stresses on responsible information sharing

Police Minister Bryan Kramer made this call during the announcement of a strategic joint task force team to monitor the coronavirus pandemic.

Unconfirmed information being spread on social media on Wednesday, the 18th of March, saw hysterical citizens rush into shops and buy stocks in bulk, leaving empty shelves in their wake.

Known as panic buying, this situation could have been avoided if Papua New Guineans had been responsible as well as critical.

Joint task force to respond to COVID-19

This was announced in a joint media conference yesterday attended by Police Minister Bryan Kramer, Health Minister Jelta Wong, the Acting Secretary for Health, Dr Paison Dakulala, Police Commissioner David Manning, head of St John’s Ambulance Services, Matthew Cannon, and other government officials, including the PNG Fire Service.

Police Minister Kramer also confirmed at the media conference that there is no case of the COVID-19 in PNG as yet. However, he said rather than wait for a case to arise, a rapid response team will be set up to respond in real time in the communities.

Porgera raid against Ministers advise

Kramer said he was informed of the impending raid during his last visit to Porgera and strongly advised against it given the lack of protective gear and training.

He said when he learnt of the death of the police officer he was upset.

Minister Kramer was responding to questions by NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, on the proliferation of guns in tribal communities in rural PNG.

Chief Justice files complaint against Police Minister

In his letter to the acting Police Commissioner, dated November 11th, Chief Sir Gibbs Salika said his complaint is against Kramer’s post on Facebook relating to his role in referring a matter for Justice Nicholas Miviri to deal with “in relation to an application for interim stay of a warrant of arrest by the Waigani District Court to arrest” Peter O’Neill.

“His article on the Facebook page is inciting trouble or tending to cause trouble or ill-feeling among people,” wrote the Chief Justice.

Taser guns, rubber bullets for police personnel

These are some of the initiatives that will be applied by the Royal PNG Constabulary in policing, especially when it involves tense situations. It is hoped these measures will limit the escalation of violence.

There have been numerous incidents where members of the public are killed by police during confrontations or unrests. The most recent shooting death occurred at Erima on September 28th when settlers clashed with members of the force.

Perform, address serious issues: Kramer

Police Minister Bryan Kramer says issues affecting the force are very extensive that expectations are high for the hierarchy.

During the announcement of the new acting Police Commissioner on September 3rd, the Police Minister stressed on performance.

Police Minister refutes report

He was responding to questions raised by Moresby North-East MP, John Kaupa, in Parliament recently.

During the recent session, Kaupa asked the Police Minister for an update of the case involving members of parliament.

“People of Papua New Guinea want to know, who are these people? Disla fail i go stap lo operesen, long veting proses. Wanem em mining blong veting proses?"

In response, Minister Bryan Kramer said he believes the statement, made by the former acting Police Commissioner, was misleading.

Minister Kramer challenges police officers

Minister Bryan Kramer, who was at the Barracks to address water and sanitation issues, said the government has listened to their concerns, and now demands a fair and diligent law enforcing service.

K5m released for Bomana barracks: Kramer

Police Minister Bryan Kramer informed residents of the police barracks at Bomana following their protest over sewer overflow and drainage issues.

On Monday, frustrated families of police officers barricaded the entry into the Red Sea Police Barracks over sewage that had spilled back into their bedrooms and living rooms.

At least four of the houses were badly affected, with families forced to dig up their own outlets or construct temporary bathrooms outside.

Police Minister leaves for Hela

The brutal massacre of 23 people in Tari on Monday has brought widespread condemnation.

The Police Minister will be on ground to get a full debriefing on the event that led to the senseless killing of 23 people. Two pregnant women and children were amongst those slain in ambush and retaliatory attacks in the Tagali Local Level Government area of the Tari-Pori District, in Hela Province.

“Some of these issues are deep-rooted,” said Kramer. “Some of these vicious killings; people are known to each other, it’s related and it’s very tribal.