50 PNG Police Officers Arrested In Crackdown On ‘Ill-Discipline’

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Hela Province officers disciplined for various offenses

By Jeffrey Elapa

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Feb. 1, 2016) – At least 50 policemen and women in Tari, Hela Province, have been arrested and charged with various criminal and disciplinary offences as the police hierarchy cracks down on ill-discipline.

This is the biggest number of officers to face charges in one province.

Tari police station commander Daniel Yangen said eight police personnel have been arrested and charged with criminal offences.

He said one policeman was charged for stealing court bail money, another for willful damage, discharging firearm and acting disorderly under the influence of alcohol.

He said another was charged for assault and being drunk, another for stealing, and another policeman for being drunk and insulting and abusive language on hierarchy.

Three will be charged after investigations are completed.

Inspector Yangen said another 16 policemen and women were also arrested and waiting their trial for different offences and the eight officers charged during the past two weeks would bring the total of 26 police personnel to face the rule of law.

He added that another four officers will be arrested and charged over the next few weeks, bringing the total of officers to be arrested to 31.

Insp Yangen also said another 22 police men and women will be put off the payroll for insubordination and missing work without permission.

He said he was only performing his duty to uphold discipline as required by the police force Act and the standing orders from Commissioner Gari Baki.

"It is my duty to support my PPC Michael Wally, my divisional commanders and the Commissioner and there I will not hesitate to take a strong stand on police discipline.

"I want police men and women to act orderly and perform their duties diligently."

Of the 22 facing disciplinary charges, some of them have left their section of work and have been special body guards for companies and leaders.

He said several people will be recommended for suspension ad termination depending on the nature of their crimes.

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