Royal PNG Constabulary

Betel nut bags disposed off

The betel-nut bags were intercepted by police on Sunday, March 29th, when being smuggled into Port Moresby by three boats.

There is currently a ban on the sale and chewing of betel-nut under the current State of Emergency.

Following a tip off, Water Police intercepted three boats smuggling betel-nut into Port Moresby, late on Sunday afternoon.

The confiscation is part of the implementation of the State of Emergency in which the sale and chewing of betel-nut has been banned in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Mining firm partners with police

The MOA was signed on January 17 in Port Moresby and reinforces the commitment between the RPNGC and MCGL. MCGL is owned by Harmony, the operator of the Hidden Valley Mine in Morobe.

“Harmony Hidden Valley are proud of our strong working relationship in helping to facilitate law and order in the Wau/Bulolo districts,” Hidden Valley Mine General Manager, Gary Davies, said.

He stated that the MOA reinforces the company’s commitment in working together with the RPNGC in a transparent and open manner.

Drop in nationwide crime rate during festive period: RPNGC

Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Operations, Donald Yamasombi, has praised the conduct and behaviour of all citizens throughout the nation during the 2019 Christmas period.

Yamasombi, who is chief of Police Operations, said there were one or two incidences but generally, Papua New Guinea celebrated Christmas peacefully.

“From the National Crime Summary report received from the 24th to the 29th of December 2019, the crime rate has dropped drastically by half compared to previous years. This is a great achievement and a positive step forward for PNG.

Christmas operations in NCD peaceful

The festive period operations began a month ago and according to Police, residents of Port Moresby have maintained peace.

Three main road blocks have been set up to achieve their plan of bringing a peaceful festive season.

NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Perou N’Dranou, said with the record of this year’s operations, he is happy the city is responding to their message of adhering to law and order.

Superintendent N’Dranou also said they have successfully completed the second phase of the operations and will be completing the next phase.

New police unit to focus on ex-service personnel

Acting Commissioner David Manning announced this when the RPNGC executive management met with former Police Commissioner and High Commissioner to the Philippines, Ambassador Anthony Wagambie and former Assistant Police Commissioner, Giosi Labi, to discuss ways to improve the management of all police pensions.

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.

New acting police commissioner

This follows a National Executive Council decision to revoke the acting appointment of Francis Tokura.

Police Minister Bryan Kramer said the National Executive Council made the decision on the night of September 2nd to reinstate Francis Tokura to his substantive position as the deputy commissioner of police in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville as well as the chief of Bougainville Police Service.

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.

Expect change within RPNGC: Minister

A change in attitude and greater accountability should be anticipated, but the community has also been urged to play their part.

“Not only in public accountability but assisting with the Force in addressing crime,” Kramer said in a press briefing on the 18th of June.

Kramer gave as an example the recent apprehension of a suspect who was allegedly sexually abusing a six-year-old girl. The case came to light after a concerned citizen posted on Facebook.