Royal PNG Constabulary

​Over 600 police personnel to man province

Chimbu Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Seine, revealed that 18 Correctional Service officers from Kerowagi will join the police operation in the province.

“This is with support from other neighbouring provinces,” he stated. 

PPC Seine said although there were minor incidents during the nomination and campaign period, generally, the province has been quiet.

The PPC said the peaceful nomination and campaign period in Chimbu has shown that people’s attitudes have changed for the better, and he predicts the same for polling and counting.

​Baki in WHP to launch police operations

Hours later, Commissioner Baki took to the highways heading down to Chimbu province to inspect and observe election operations there.

Baki was greeted by the Simbu Provincial Police Commander; Chief Inspector David Seine, at the Kundiawa Police Headquarters. There he was given a tour and briefing of election operations in the province.

Baki toured the headquarters, reviewing and asking about existing challenges faced by officers during the elections period.

​Baki seeks to nullify ITFS establishment

Royal PNG Constabulary lawyers, on May 8, filed the case against Sam Koim as chairman of Investigation Task Force Sweep team, Chief Inspector Timothy Gitua, Sergeant Aaron Eliza, Sergeant Pius Peng, Senior Constable Basi Sopata comprising the Investigation Task Force Sweep team, the NEC and the State.

In-house lawyer from the Constabulary, Stanley Poga, appeared before Justice Leka Nablu last week for the proceeding filed under the judicial review track.

However, the matter was adjourned because the state did not appear, despite being served on May 16.

​Highlands election operations to be launched

Police Commissioner Gari Baki said they are antcipating challenges and high security risks in the region.

“Most of the security personnel will be based in the highlands because the region presents a lot of encounters, in terms of security aspects.”

Baki is calling on locals to understand the election process and to work with police to make sure the elections run smoothly and on a safe and trouble-free note.

​Wewak cops guilty of arson, rape

The Wewak National Court found Chief Inspector Sakawar Kasieng, of Sibilanga Village, Sandaun Province, guilty on Wednesday for arson, while four of his officers were convicted for raping a 17-year-old girl at her family home on 7 December 2013.

Robin Weibi of Tomonoum Village, Nuku, Sandaun Province, Timon Kangapu of Hirae Village, Kopiago, Southern Highlands Province, Stanley Moui Jombu of Passam, East Sepik Province, and Nigel Tianguma Harvey of Mikarew area, Bogia, Madang Province, were all found guilty for rape.

Serve PNG with compassion: Somare

Speaking during his Royal PNG Constabulary farewell yesterday, he said like members of parliament, the work of the disciplinary forces has to be undertaken in respect to the rule of law.

Following the rule of law will determine if we can advance as a nation or collapse into mayhem and lawlessness.

“We have to uphold the law as prescribed by our constitution and must be given the same respect like all others.”

Somare urged all police men and women in the country to take pride in their work; with real conviction and real service to the community.

​‘We can transform the country’

An overwhelmed and emotional Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare stated this during his farewell yesterday at the Bomana Police College.

Thanking God for the gift of life, Somare said he has watched this nation grow from an idea to what is before us today, with the power to decide on our own destiny.

“We are going through the notion of nationhood so we must be patient,” said the Grand Chief.

“We must remember that despite going on to 42 years of independence this year, it is still quite young.”

​RPNGC farewells Somare

This was said by the Commissioner of Police, Gari Baki, during Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare’s Royal PNG Constabulary ceremonial farewell parade yesterday.

The Grand Chief’s arrival at Bomana Police College was accompanied with a police motorcade and welcomed by the Commissioner on the parade ground.

Baki, in his welcome speech, gave a brief recap of the life and accomplishments of the Grand Chief in his family life and politics.

He said Sir Michael was one of the very few vocal voices calling out for a united Papua New Guinea.

Sakora’s lawyer joins case

Loani Henao, who is representing Justice Sir Bernard Sakora, was granted leave by the Waigani National Court this morning to be heard in the leave stage of the review that was filed by Inspector Joel Simatab, from the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate, and his Director, Chief Superintendent Matthew Damaru, on June 30 last year.

The review was filed challenging the Committal Court's decision to dismiss the case against Justice Sir Bernard Sakora, who was then facing allegations of judicial corruption.

Central to beef up police presence

This will be from June 24 to July 8th.

An awareness is being conducted by police officers, and a briefing will be held this week on operations during the eight-week campaign period.

Provincial police commander, Laimo Asi, said his officers had a briefing to outline the respective areas in policing during the campaign period.

"My command will localise and monitor all campaigning activities to individual police stations."

Despite informal reports of early campaigning taking place, PPC Asi said no one has officially laid complaints yet.