Raphael Huafolo

Police promotions ‘in order’

His statement follows the promotion of eight police officers to various ranks and positions within the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary on June 17th.

Deputy Commissioner Huafolo said the principles to apply to transfers and promotions is clearly governed by Section 48(2)(c) of the Police Act which “allow at all times the Commissioner the discretion to transfer any member to any location where the exigencies of the service so require”.

Police deaths worrying: RPNGC

Deputy Commissioner Huafolo said in 2017 alone, over 80 policemen and women died mostly from natural causes whilst serving on active duty. There were 64 deaths in 2018 and 10 within the first four months of this year.

“Most of these deaths were from lifestyle diseases, meaning, these deaths could have been prevented if the members had taken care of themselves, ate the right food, exercised and did regular medical checks.

“The ages of the members who died over the last five years were between 40 and 55.”

Police officers need to be aware of human rights

Royal PNG Constabulary Deputy Commissioner Administrations, Raphael Huafolo, said this during the closing of the human rights & law enforcement training this afternoon.

Huafolo thanked the United Nations Human Rights for the opportunity to train senior officers to improve their conduct whilst enforcing the law.

He also challenged the Provincial Police Commanders, Metropolitan Superintendents and Superintendent Operations to better manage issues in their jurisdiction instead of blaming the hierarchy.

Why do police lose most of their cases?

Detective officers simply did not know how to compile and assemble a case file.

This consists of tying evidence together and conducting proper records of interviews to put in a brief to be handed over to prosecution to prosecute the case.

Assistant Commissioner for Police-Operation, Raphael Huafolo, revealed that officers do not know exactly what to do and this has resulted in police losing a lot of its cases.

20 detectives complete training

The detective training came under the Papua New Guinea-Australia Policing Partnership Program at the Bomana Police Training College.

Present to close up the training and congratulate the trainees was Assistant Commissioner for Police, Raphael Huafolo.

ACP Huafolo said for the last 15 years or so, the force has been missing out on vital trainings and courses like this.

“It is just fortunate that we have our Australian counterparts to assist us under this program.”

Constabulary suspends recruitment

This is due to the increasing number of public complaints accusing the Constabulary of nepotism and bias.

The RPNGC will be reviewing all of its existing recruitment systems, criteria, protocols and procedures.

Assistant Commissioner for Police (ACP) operations, Raphael Huafolo, says this measure is being taken to protect the integrity of the Constabulary and to give confidence to all stakeholders, including aspiring applicants who have a desire to pursue a career with the RPNGC.

FSVU evaluation report launched

The evaluation report was launched yesterday at the Police headquarters by the Deputy Police Commissioner for Administration, Raphael Huafolo.

Huafolo said the Constabulary recognises that family sexual violence is a serious concern in PNG.

Prior to the introduction of the  Family Sexual Violence Unit, many victims of family sexual violence were not served at police station counters because this was considered a “domestic problem”.