ABG calls for police powers

He said the ABG should take on the responsibility to improve the local police force.

President Momis stated that the current arrangement is not working, because Bougainville is in a typical post war situation, where it needs to balance between trying to develop new things, and at the same time to reconstruct.

“I don’t think we have the necessary police discipline and training.

“I would like to take a position with the impending referendum, you need law and order, you need conducive atmosphere, so this is a core enforcement agency and is very important.

A look at major police stories from 2017

The main highlight for this year could well be the National General Elections with its own challenges and political issues; taking into consideration the rise in reported or sighted crime rates, especially in Port Moresby. 

The National General Elections 2017 saw the loss of four members of the police force in election related violence incidents.

The four members were killed in the line of duty; the first two gunned down in Wabag town in July

and the other two killed after being ambushed in Mendi in September; one day after the National Police Remembrance Day.

Police to get pay increase

This increase will see the lowest ranked officers in the police hierarchy benefit tremendously.

This was revealed during a signing ceremony today between the police union and the RPNGC on the said agreement.

The increase in salary also comes under the government’s approach to increase salary for public servants.

Although a much compatible percentage was requested by the union who took into account the efforts of service provided by the police, General Secretary of the Police Union, Clemence Kanau said the 3 per cent increase is also welcome news.

Security officers receive riot management training

Participating were officers from the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, the PNG Defence Force, the PNG Correctional Services and the St John Ambulance.

The officers had undergone three weeks of intense Public Order Management (POM) training aimed to erect an effective safety and security cell that will manage public disorder during the APEC summit.

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Prime Minister Peter O'Neill told this newsroom that the number of security forces will increase in the next few days.

His response came after Shadow Minister for Democratic Institutions and the Rule of Law Kerenga Kua released a statement claiming that O'Neill must be blamed for the lawlessness behavior happening in Southern Highlands and Hela Provinces.

Kua claimed that regular incidents of violence and lawlessness are taking place in these two provinces, without the lack of government supervised interventions.

NZ officers to help RPNGC for APEC 2018

The officers are here to assist the Royal PNG Constabulary prepare for the 2018 APEC meetings.

“Twelve New Zealand Police Service officers arrived in the country and other three are expected to join in early next year to work alongside with the counterparts, the Australian Federal Police to assist the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary prepare for the APEC meetings,” High Commissioner Mackwell said.

NCD leads in major crimes in the country

According to recent Daily Crime Summary Reports provided by the office of the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police and Chief Operations Jim Andrews, the nation’s Capital Port Moresby has recorded 42 per cent of all crimes reported throughout the country.

Enga follows after NCD with a recorded 31 per cent. Oro, Simbu, Manus all reported below 5 per cent. All other Provinces reported no major incidents.

Stealing offences reported the highest, with 25 reported cases of which 4 arrests were made.

Indonesia helps RPNGC with APEC fire arms training

ACP Manning made this remark during the “Dispatch of experts on small fire arms, protocol and security conference management” organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Port Moresby on Monday.

 “I’d like to acknowledge the presence of the Indonesia experts who are here to share their skill and experience with our local police.

“The two countries have been maintaining a strong bilateral relationship. With the dispatch of experts of small firearms to PNG, we are tying another knot in the policing area and we really appreciate it," Manning said.

Murder leads to calls for tougher laws

Prior to the attack on Sunday November 5th, two groups in the same area were in a drunken brawl.

A young man in one of the groups was stabbed with a scissors and taken to the hospital while a house was burnt down.

The situation was still tense when the police reservists who had just completed his shift and was going to get his family breakfast around 7am was attacked.

Police reported that the reservists was attacked with Iron rods and slashed with machetes in broad daylight;

Last respects paid to slain cops

The officers were killed in the line of duty during the 2017, National General Elections, in Mendi where they were allegedly ambushed while on duty.

The Sioni Kami memorial church was packed with families, relatives, friends and representatives from the RPNGC, AFP and the provincial government who were there to pay their last respects.

The slain officers were travelling with three others when another vehicle with armed attackers pulled up alongside the police vehicle and sprayed bullets on the occupants, killing the two officers instantly.