PORT MORESBY POLICE COMMANDERS SUSPENDED

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Nov. 10) – Three police commanders in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, have been suspended for three weeks each for various reasons, including drinking.

The commander of the Port Moresby town station, Insp John Keri, was suspended about two weeks ago for lack of commitment in carrying out his duties.

His temporary replacement, Insp Fred Tundu, was then found drunk and sleeping in a police vehicle in Gerehu on Oct 31.

His nephew took his gun for safekeeping and unknowingly caused a panic when he walked into a supermarket with it.

Police received a public complaint and Insp Tundu was suspended.

Port Moresby metropolitan police commander Chief Supt Mark Kanawi said Insp Tundu should not have been in Gerehu in the first place.

"His area is in town," he said.

He added that Insp Tundu was the first station commander to work with the Australian Assisting Police at the Gordons station under the Enhanced Cooperation Programme.

The town station is now headed by a non-commissioned officer.

Supt Kanawi said Badili station commander Insp Vincent Pokas was the third officer suspended.

He was believed to have been drunk when he crashed a police vehicle into another one at the PNG Institute of Public Administration.

Supt Kanawi said Insp Pokas was the officer who initiated a self-help programme whereby business houses and the community help the station with fuel and vehicle maintenance.

"Tundu and Pokas are the commanding officers for the Blue sector that covers Badili, town, Koki and Konedobu areas.

"This sector is one of three under the sector patrol concept to control crime in the city.

"Pokas initiated the Friends of the Police concept to have business houses and the community in the Blue sector area to assist him to provide fuel and also to maintain his vehicles so that police personnel can effectively and efficiently enforce the law in that sector."

November 11, 2005

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