Royal PNG Constabulary

RPNGC pledges to achieve Govt’s bold vision

During Monday’s handover-takeover ceremony and ministerial brief for police minister, Commissioner Gari Baki said the RPNGC’s Corporate Plan 2011-2020 aligns with the government’s broader plans, including PNG Vision 2050, PNG Development Strategic Plan 2010-2030 and the Medium Term Development Plan (MTDPs).

“It also captures the recommendations of the Police Administrative Review 2004 and the PNG Law & Justice Integrity Review 2011,” stated Baki.

Improving police visibility, presence

The police commissioner outlined their intention during the recent launch of the NCD Policing Initiative.

The NCD Policing Initiative is all about going back to basics where supervision, command and control and accountability are the key aspects.

Dividing the city into three operational zones will ensure manpower and resources are identified and allocated to these newly-demarcated police operational boundaries.

First constable acquitted of wilful murder

The Wewak National Court handed down the court decision to French William, of Western Highlands, on Thursday 18th April.

First Constable William was arrested in 2014 for his alleged involvement in the murder of one Othoniel Kapris.

Investigations revealed that the male victim was beaten to death while being detained at the Maprik Police Station Cell block 1.

William had reportedly picked up Kapris and a group of others on the 14th August of 2014, when he responded to a commotion at the Top Hill area of Maprik Town.

Police officers need to be aware of human rights

Royal PNG Constabulary Deputy Commissioner Administrations, Raphael Huafolo, said this during the closing of the human rights & law enforcement training this afternoon.

Huafolo thanked the United Nations Human Rights for the opportunity to train senior officers to improve their conduct whilst enforcing the law.

He also challenged the Provincial Police Commanders, Metropolitan Superintendents and Superintendent Operations to better manage issues in their jurisdiction instead of blaming the hierarchy.

Police will investigate alleged assassination plot against Kramer: Baki

Commissioner of Police, Gari Baki, said to date, no report of this alleged plot was reported to police but Kramer, like every other national leader, can be accorded police protection if the allegations are proven to be credible.

His statement follows a social media post by Kramer where he said: “I was contacted by former Chairman of Anti-corruption Task Sweep Sam Koim to inform me he had received reliable intelligence that individuals with political connections were planning to have me assassinated.

PBF Agro, RPNGC ink horseback facility deal

The horseback training facility is part of the overall master plan of the Koitaki Agro Food Park.

PBF Agro Business Ltd CEO, Jerry Kootz Simon, said there is a lot of good land for grazing.

He said police will need to set up its mounted horseback training ground, especially for the new police personnel.

The MOU also captures police housing.

Kootz said Central PPC has welcomed this proposal, describing it as beneficial for both parties.

New inline AFP deployment discussed

Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel said both the Royal PNG Constabulary and the Australian Federal Police will need to agree to work on the best means to achieve this.

This was discussed during Abel’s visit to Australia last week.

The proposed arrangement will take into consideration the 2005 court decision which went in favour of former Morobe Governor, Luther Wenge, that the Enhanced Co-operation Program (ECP) was unconstitutional.

The ECP, worth AUD$1 billion, saw the deployment of AFP officers in PNG.

Internal RPNGC transfers to tackle SHP unrest

In a statement, Acting Commissioner of Police - Chief of Operations, Jim Andrews, said he is now making the following internal transfer directives so that the Southern Highlands issue can be effectively addressed.

The changes are:

Approaches to deal with police brutality

It is imperative that residents in NCD take note of the process involved for police to step in when a situation requires it.

Police discipline subject of scrutiny: Baki

A disappointed Commissioner of Police said this in relation to the Dog Unit Directorate being suspended from operational duties in the Nation’s Capital. This was over allegations made by the general public about cases of harassment.

Gari Baki expressed grave concern with officers not conforming to disciplinary formalities and the requirements of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

He said the behaviour of a particular division from the Dog Unit was uncalled for.