NEW PNG COMMISSION VOWS TO PROFESSIONALIZE POLICE

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Kauba to have ‘zero tolerance’ for rogue officers

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 30, 2011) – Papua New Guinea’s newly appointed police commissioner, Tom Kulunga, has vowed to reform and transform the force into a disciplined, professional, trusting and caring law enforcement agency.

The government has also appointed the current Highlands police commander, Simon Kauba, as the acting deputy commissioner of operations, with Fred Yakasa moving to command police on Bougainville.

Mr. Kulunga says he believes in a transparent and honest, strong but fair leadership.

He says he will have zero tolerance for dishonest, corrupt, unethical, non-performing and undisciplined police officers.

[PIR editor’s note: Upon receiving his new position, Kulunga began making changes to the command structures in the PNG police forces yesterday, although observers have noted concerns that Kulunga may have been "influenced" to enact the changes prior to his appointment.]

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