By The National in Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea’s Police Commissioner David Manning has promised that the full force of the law and all resources at the Constabulary’s disposal will be used against policemen who flout the law and help criminals.
Commissioner Manning’s warning followed recent threats against police detectives investigating a K286 million (NZ$105 million) fraud involving Ok Tedi trust funds.
“We had two threats issued against police detectives,” he said.
“Criminals and policemen are involved.
“I will not stand for this and whether you are a criminal or a policeman who decides to engage or attack policemen, you will be dealt with equally under lawful means.
“If you want to be a criminal or align yourself with individuals or entities and challenge the police, then you have no place in the police force and I will ensure your speedy exit … straight into prison.”
Commissioner Manning said reports of policemen continuously being deployed to provide protection for logging camps or private businesses with the full knowledge and authority of their superiors would be investigated and dealt with.
Policemen ‘denying rights to justice’
“In these instances, police resources, including firearms, are being used by these policemen to protect the interest of a few, thereby denying the rights of the majority to seek justice,” he said.
“The police force will undergo beneficial change, and those currently opposing these changes for their own reasons will be weeded out.
“The majority of policemen and women perform their duties with professionalism and dedication, yet we and the country are being let down by these few members.
“The proposed changes in the disciplinary proceedings will allow for a swifter and more effective process that protects all parties concerned whilst enhancing greater accountability and appropriate penalties being dealt out.
“In the near future, legislative amendments will be made to criminalise certain offences that have caused the discipline and performance of the police force to deteriorate.
“If we are to deliver to the people of PNG a police force that they deserve and provide a policing service that adds value to their lives, we must undergo these reforms and remove impediments now.”
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