Royal PNG Constabulary 2017

​Baki reintroduces 2017 as ‘year of discipline’

Commissioner Baki announced this last Friday during the pass-out parade of the Police Recruit intake 1 of 2016 at the Bomana Police College. 

“I expect all members of the Constabulary, including you all 242 recruits on parade, to uphold these values.

“I expect you to strictly enforce these values because our aim is to eradicate the rot and regain the confidence and trust of our people,” Commissioner Baki said.

RPNGC networking with agencies for APEC

Commissioner for Police, Gari Baki, says: “The meeting is by far the biggest and most significant global meeting to be ever staged on PNG soil and therefore it is imperative for the Constabulary to heighten it security planning for this major international event.”

He says RPNGC will continue to interact with other state institutions, including the Department of Foreign Affairs, Immigration, Defence, the National Airport Corporation, Customs and others in the spirit of whole-of-government approach geared towards ensuring APEC is successfully hosted in PNG.

Baki cautions probationary constables

Commissioner for Police, Gari Baki, stressed this during the passing out of the first batch of 2016 recruits yesterday at the Bomana Police Training College.

Baki says this 2017 suspension of recruitment measure was taken to protect the integrity of the Constabulary and to give confidence to all stakeholders.

“As member of the Constabulary, I encourage you to uphold the value of discipline and ethics at all times.”

Police internal affairs need to be vigilant: Turi

NCD metropolitan superintendent, Ben Turi, highlighted the need for police internal affairs to be more vigilant in the charging and dispensing of disciplinary actions.

He says even though many police officers have been charged for ill-discipline, results are rarely seen.

“Since 2015 and early 2016, we charged people but we haven’t seen the result of these charges.

“We charge people from Boroko, the charges are brought down to Badili and they go through the charges then make a decision based on the charges.”

Do not confiscate drivers’ licences: Guinness

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Peter Guinness said: "Drivers licences are the driver's reference and must not be withheld by police. They must return them when they complete checking during roadblocks or stop and search.”

Guinness said in many instances, police keep them and tell the drivers to collect them later. That is wrong!

Guinness made these comments during a day session in Lae on Friday with his senior management and line managers from his command (Northern).

Police hierarchy clamps down on vehicle abuse

Acting Commissioner of Police, Raphael Huafolo, said: “I am appealing to the public to report to respective Provincial Commands and Metropolitan Commands of any police vehicle being parked for long periods at these areas.”

This follows his direction that all police motor vehicles are to be used for official business and only during official business hours.

This directive is to strictly monitor and control the ongoing misuse of police vehicle and also to minimise abuse of police powers and corrupt practices.

‘Only the good die so early’

Kundi addressed grieving police personnel and relatives and friends present at Wayagure's funeral this afternoon at the Sione Kami Memorial church.

In his address, Kundi said Wayagure was a steadfast and hardworking officer whom, till his death, worked hard to establish good public and community relations with the police and major stakeholders in and around his provincial command.

Kundi said Wayagure was vigilant in his station inspections around the Gulf province while maintaining a high level of discipline and dedication in dispensing his duties.

Late Gulf PPC farewelled

In a funeral mass currently held at the Sione Kami Memorial Church in Port Moresby, people have gathered to pay their last respects to a policeman many regard as a hardworking and dedicated officer.

Chief Inspector Silas Wayagure passed away while in office on December 19th, 2015. He has left a legacy of 27 years in the Royal PNG Police Constabulary.

Speaking on behalf of the police force, Southern Region Divisional Commander Allan Kundi paid respects to Wayagure, saying that the force has lost a good dedicated officer.

Turi welcomes decision to halt recruitment

The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary will be reviewing all existing recruitment system, criteria and protocols and procedures for this year.

This has resulted in the suspension of police recruitment and training for this year.

Turi says concerns have been raised on the training criteria, on more than one occasion, and this time, police will be focusing more on quality than quantity.

The stop in recruitment will be an improvement to the quality of the policing service in the country.

Opposition supports decision to suspend police recruitment

RPNGC is suspending all recruitments due to the increasing number of public complaints accusing the Constabulary of nepotism and bias.

Opposition Leader Don Polye said it is a powerful decision made by the police force to show that training of police personnel should be done with merit and with the highest quality standard.

Polye said police recruitment shouldn’t be about pushing in those that are not qualified or that don’t meet the criteria.

He said new recruits must be qualified and must be selected without influence placed on the police force.