Royal PNG Constabulary

​No cash handouts to police at roadblocks

NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Ben Turi, says all police officers are paid for their jobs and it is against their conduct to accept, let alone ask for, any money from the public at roadblocks.

He also states, police roadblocks are not a new thing to residents in the nation’s capital, therefore people shouldn’t act surprised when approaching one.

“All vehicles will be searched for criminals or weapons or if the driver and his passengers are under the influence of alcohol,” Turi states.

​‘NCD Alert’ FB page misleading: Turi

NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Ben Turi says the number of posts about the stolen motor vehicles do not match the reports that are filed every day at the police stations.

“Such pages are good but can also be misleading and give a bad name to the force,” states Turi.

“We have vehicle problems but we are still managing to push through the bad publicity on social media.”

Turi adds that his men are already struggling with the limited resource available.

Murder suspect rearrested in surprise raid

Provincial Police Commander Laimo Asi said the suspect, from Tapini, had escaped from police custody earlier this year for murdering his wife, and was hiding in the house.

“Just as well we conducted the unexpected raid and caught them off guard,” stated the PPC.

Police also arrested a man for possessing an unlicensed firearm.

They attained a search warrant to search the offender’s home and the firearm was confiscated.

Meanwhile, Asi said the election operations are progressing well and will continue into the polling period.

Manus police call for peaceful campaigns

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said campaigns should be conducted without threats, intimidation or any form of violence.

He said police will come down hard on those who use violence during the campaign period.

PPC Yapu made the appeal after there were reports of a gunshot being heard during an election campaign in one of the villages on the mainland.

He said police are now investigating the incident, which took place at Kapou village, in the Penabu Nalisopat LLG.

A complete report will be made soon.

​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.