PNG needs intelligent police officers, says Muthuvel

Papua New Guinea needs police officers who are very intelligent with good educational background to deliver police services, says West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel.

The Governor said PNG needs officers who are intelligent and have some understanding of the justice system. Governor Muthuvel made this remark when officially opening the Police Commissioner’s Conference in Kimbe, WNBP, last Monday.

“To become a police officer, you need to be properly educated and trained. They must be of sound mind, intelligent, mental alertness, having the physical strength and able to make split-second decisions,” Governor Muthuvel said.

Senior police officers throughout the country were in Kimbe for the annual Police Commissioner’s conference, themed “Addressing Institutional Impediments to Effective Control and Command”.

Governor Muthuvel said police now work under unexpected situations and trying times and must stand up to deliver police services.

He also said they are living under a society where law and order issues are always prevalent and must be mindful of that. No country can survive where lawlessness becomes the law, the guilty of unpunished, the dishonest are rewarded, citizens are indifferent and custodians of the law become the biggest law breakers.

Commissioner of Police Gari Baki thanked the Governor for officially opening the week-long conference.

They had collectively discussed their plans and strategies for next year’s National General Elections and the much-anticipated APEC Meeting in 2018.

The Commissioner said those two occasions have already seen them have consultative discussions with other relevant state agencies, but the Constabulary must also undergo some changes and rehabilitation to prepare itself for those up-coming challenges.

He said organisation has come under public scrutiny for the wrong reasons because members of the Constabulary are not being subservient to the values of discipline and ethical conduct.

In a bid to encourage the officers to revisit the Constabulary Standing Orders, the Internal Affairs Directorate presented a symposium on discipline and ethics in the first two days of the conference.

“I want all to grasp the information disseminated in this symposium and practically enforce these values in our respective areas of command,” Baki said.

The Commissioner also announced that he will extend this year’s Year of Discipline to 2017 as well to see and implement the outcome of the discipline symposium.

The Conference ended last Friday.

Press release