Royal PNG Constabulary 2017

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.

Constabulary suspends recruitment

This is due to the increasing number of public complaints accusing the Constabulary of nepotism and bias.

The RPNGC will be reviewing all of its existing recruitment systems, criteria, protocols and procedures.

Assistant Commissioner for Police (ACP) operations, Raphael Huafolo, says this measure is being taken to protect the integrity of the Constabulary and to give confidence to all stakeholders, including aspiring applicants who have a desire to pursue a career with the RPNGC.