Anthony Wagambie Jr

Wagambie Counters Fear Tactics

Wagambie vehemently denied any division within the police force or conflicts with the PNGDF.

He asserted that all police personnel in the National Capital District (NCD) and Central Province are actively fulfilling their duties, and there is a collaborative effort among security forces, including NCD/Central Police, Mobile Squads, and PNGDF, operating collectively under the State of Emergency.

Despite his suspension, he stressed that the security situation in the city is stable, with comprehensive security operations in progress.

Not all Police Officers are bad: Wagambie

He said in every organization there are certain individuals that spoil the good reputation of an organisation but the rest perform their duty ethically.

Wagambie Jr was speaking at a press conference held recently regarding the death of an 18-year-old boy believed to have died from police brutality.

“There is no such organization that have every member performing perfectly, and that is the same in the police force, because there are many good police officers who worked tirelessly to ensure the community is safe while few behave unethically,” he said.

Reforms to address failed prosecutions

The recent acquittal of two individuals, Lohia Boe Samuel and Fabian Hera, has prompted him to direct a comprehensive review of all cases presented by the police.

Speaking at a press conference, ACP Wagambie expressed his concern over the nonchalant approach towards failed prosecutions in the past.

He emphasized that such dismissals would no longer be taken lightly under his watch. The establishment of the Prosecution Review Committee is a significant step toward rectifying the matter.

Wagambie Commends Security Forces

Held in Port Moresby from May 19 to May 22, 2023, the summit witnessed successful security operations, enabling world leaders and delegates to engage in important discussions without major disruptions.

NCD/Central Commander Assistant Commissioner Anthony Wagambie Junior oversaw the special security operations. He commended the members of the three disciplinary forces, for an outstanding performance.

Cops told to get back to basics

He said this year in a recent meeting held with commanders from different police stations within NCD and Central Province, when highlighting their goals for the first quarter of 2023.

“As the Divisional Commander, I want to achieve in the first quarter, getting the basics right. We must be accountable for our resources, manpower and actions. This means every police station commander and OICs will be held responsible for what goes wrong under their watch,” Wagambie Jr said.  

Armed suspect apprehended at Erima

Acting NCD Central Police Commander and Assistant Commissioner, Anthony Wagambie Junior, said the suspect has been arrested and charged and is being detained at Boroko Cell awaiting court appearance.

On his Facebook page, Wagambie Jnr said Fox 300 units have been tasked to provide static presence in this area every morning so as to deter youths from carrying out criminal activity.

The Erima flyover is a hotspot for petty crimes and attempted car thefts, where many Port Moresby residents have fallen victim while commuting in the area.

Sleeping officer in police vehicle disciplined

The process commenced the same day the picture went viral on Facebook.

Assistant Police Commissioner, Anthony Wagambie Jr, immediately directed Metropolitan Superintendent NCD to identify the officer whose picture was taken, have the vehicle grounded and immediately take action on the accused.

It was alleged that the officer was under the influence of alcohol when he was captured sleeping beside the road.

Metropolitan Superintendent, Perou N’Dranou, had then arranged for the Police the Police Task Force to take charge of this.

Digicel PNG commits to back Lae police

Since its launch in May of last year, the toll free number 7090 3300 received 5,000 calls from sexual assaults, armed robberies, to expectant mothers going into labour in remote locations and seeking assistance.

Lae Metropolitan Superintendent, Anthony Wagambie Jr, said the Toll Free number has assisted them in a big way to fight crime in the city.

"We cannot express our appreciation enough to Digicel for this vital phone service. This phone number has changed the way we serve the community to keep them safe and respond when required.

​New vehicles for Lae police

The three vehicles have been allocated to the CID Sexual Offences Squad, Juvenile Justice Unit and the traffic section for Road Safety Awareness.

Lae metropolitan superintendent, Anthony Wagambie Jnr, said: “This command had requested to be allocated some but due to administrative hiccups, we only received them last week Friday.

“My management team have allocated the three vehicles to CID Sexual Offences Squad, Juvenile Justice Unit and the Traffic section for Road Safety Awareness and back up to the PMV Squad to curtail untrustworthy vehicles.

Lae Open to start polls

“I encourage and want to see a transparent process take place,” says Lae metropolitan superintendent, Anthony Wagambie Jnr.

“Police will be providing security to a total of 116 polling teams comprising of 55 for Lae Open, 30 for Huon Gulf Urban and 31 for Nawaeb Urban.

“We have mobilised all available resources to be used in the polling period.”

Wagambie Jnr is discouraging disorderly behaviour at the polling booths.

“Any person or persons found to be disrupting or intimidating voters at the polling booth will be arrested,” he stresses.