PNG POLICE CHIEF CRACKS DOWN ON CORRUPT COPS

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Tells senior staff to toughen stance on undisciplined police

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, June 8, 2011) - Papua New Guinea’s police commissioner, Anthony Wagambie, is telling his senior staff to take a tough line on non-performing or undisciplined police.

Mr. Wagambie was confirmed in the commissioner’s role by the government last week.

Mr. Wagambie has told the senior officers that the Royal Papua New Guinea Police Constabulary has a big accountability issue. He says officers are turning a blind eye to many crimes being committed, not properly investigating cases. Some are taking bribes and letting people go free. Mr. Wagambie says police are providing private security and escort services. Officers in full uniform are smoking, chewing betel nut and drinking alcohol in public places. Some use stand over tactics to extract money from the public. Mr. Wagambie says the list of offences is endless and happening under the noses of senior commanders. He says eliminating the disloyal, non-performing and undisciplined policemen and women is the key to raising the standard of services. Mr. Wagambie’s demanded that his senior commanders lead, supervise, command and control and not hesitate to discipline when it’s called for. He’s told them they have a month to come up with a crime fight strategy on how they intend to do this."

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