PNG Police Force

Polye calls for proper training of police officers

Polye said the police force is not properly trained and their training level is very low.

He highlighted that police officers need to understand human rights laws, the UN Convention on Human Rights issues and the constitution of this country.

Furthermore, police officers need to know the job that is expected of them and what it means to be a disciplined force, even in a very stressful situation.

He said police officers need to also understand what it means for them to apply reasonable force.

Training aims to improve image of police force

Assistant commissioner for police in charge of human resource Iven Lakatani says the training is a supervision course designed to target supervisors of the RPNGC or those in supervisory roles.

“A lot of negative things have been said about the way police conduct their business and a lot of negative talks about police brutality and abuses on the general population, as well as the lack of supervision of the force members,” Lakatani says.

Commissioner Baki launches revised police recruit course

Commissioner Baki said: “The Launching of the Revise Recruit Course is a milestone achievement for the Bomana Police Colleague as well as the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

“The discipline that is taught in Bomana is totally different to get the men and women out on the field and once they get out on the field it is a command and control issue. Whatever that is taught at Bomana is thrown at the back and they do things to contrary.

Police union threaten to go on strike

Police Association president Lowa Tambua says the union is closely monitoring the situation tipped for the reshuffle of the top police boss.

Tambua said the rumoured removal is of no benefit to the force.

The union, with its 3000-plus members, is on standby to be withdrawn if the Government removes Baki.

Tambua added that the union has it on good authority the removal of Baki, which he says will cause instability among the rank and file.

Arrest policemen for professional negligence: Polye

Opposition Leader Don Polye called on Police Commissioner Gari Baki to arrest and charge those responsible for professional negligence.

Polye was shocked to learn about professional negligence of police officers on a victim of domestic violence.

He made the call when commenting on 42-year-old Ruth Apinas who broke the silence on Loop PNG of her suffering at the hands of her violent husband.

One more charged over police payroll fraud

Peter Kone aged 29 of Erave, Southern highlands province, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to defraud the state under section 407 (1), (b) of the Criminal Code Act, 1974. 

This is the third arrest so far by detectives investigating allegations of massive fraud reported at the payroll section of Police Headquarters.

A man and his wife both identified as Christopher Chapau and Rhonda Kerea were arrested in Manus province on February 16 for their alleged involvement in a similar police payroll fraud case.  

Officers are innocent until proven guilty

He made this remarks in relation to other outstanding cases implicating members of the Constabulary in fraudulent payroll claims.

Isouve says that all staff at the Police headquarters would also be investigated and appropriate disciplinary and criminal actions would be taken against the offending member(s).

Investigators will act accordingly depending on the availability of evidence and witness statements.

HB Update: Cop suspended for not handing in weapons

Chief Inspector Maria Jones failed to comply with instructions to surrender some weapons for ballistic tests in the Hanuabada double killing investigations.

NCD Central police commander Sylvester Kalaut says that the weapons were determined to be the ones identified by investigators.

Kalaut would not say just how many weapons were to be brought in but says instructions were issued and Jones was tasked to surrender the weapons which she failed to do.

He says Jones was identified as one of the officers on the scene at the time of the shooting.

Poko arrested for assault

Sargent Philip Poko was arrested on charges of attempted murder, perverting the course of justice and threatening.

NCD Central police Commander Sylvester Kalaut says this arrest is in relation to the case in 2014 that involved Detective Sergeant Patrick Primenga who was threatened at his home at Games village.

Kalaut says Pokop has been refused bail and is currently in police custody after being taken in by investigators yesterday.

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Asian man in police uniform warned

Central police commander Laimo Asi says that the Chinese man pictured wearing police uniform and serving customers at his supermarket at Moreguina station, has been warned to stop impersonating police.

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