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List of 26 Transfers of Senior Police Officers

Police Commissioner Gari Baki yesterday has announced a transfer directive for senior police officers in the country.

Commissioner Baki in a statement said he had issued the transfer directives for operational expediency in light of current internal command and control issues and issues arising from the 2017 National General Elections.

Commissioner Baki said his transfer directives are final and he will not accept any refusal from any of the senior officers affected.

“They will take their posts as directed and with immediate effect,” Commissioner Baki said, adding that all movements are supposed to be completed by 31st October this year.

The 26 transfers are as follows:

 

  1. Assistant Commissioner (ACP) Sylvester Kalaut – Divisional Commander NCD to ACP Human Resources;
  2. ACP Donald Yamasombi – Divisional Commander Border to Divisional Commander NCD/Central;
  3. ACP Kaiglo Ambane – Divisional Commander Highlands Western End to Divisional Commander Border;
  4. Chief Superintendent (CSP) Samson Kua – Director Special Services Division (SSD) to Acting Divisional Commander Highlands Western End;
  5. CSP Perou N’dranou – Commandant Bomana Training College to Metropolitan Superintendent NCD;
  6. CSP Jimmy Onopia – Deputy Commander Highlands Eastern End to Director Prosecutions;
  7. CSP Sibron Papoto – Unattached. Posted to Police Headquarters;
  8. CSP Johannes Yapi – Director HR to Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Enga Province; 
  9. CSP Rigga Neggi – A/ACP Human Resource to Director Corporate Planning;
  10. CSP Ben Turi – Metropolitan Superintendent NCD to Deputy Commander Highlands Eastern End;
  11. CSP Joseph Tondop – Provincial Police Commander Jiwaka to PPC Southern Highlands;
  12. Superintendent (SP) Peter Philip – Provincial Police Commander East Sepik to Commandant Bomana Training College;
  13. Superintendent. Michael Corren – National Election 2017 Coordinator to Director Reserve; 
  14. Superintendent. Mark Yangen – Deputy Commander Highlands Western End to Director CID; 
  15. Superintendent. Robert Gesa – Provincial Police Commander West Sepik to PPC East Sepik;
  16. Superintendent. Jim Namora – Provincial Police Commander West New Britain to Director Special Services Division;
  17. Chief Inspector (CIP) Julius Tasion – Group Commander Southern to Deputy Director Special Services Division;
  18. ClP John Midi – Provincial Police Commander New Ireland to PPC West New Britain;
  19. ClP George Kakas – Provincial Police Commander Enga to PPC Jiwaka;
  20. CIP Moses Ibsagi – Director Crimes to Provincial Police Commander West Sepik;
  21. ClP Gideon Kauke – Gordon Barracks to Commander Mendi Police Station;
  22.  CIP Mas Tuman – Police Station Commander (PSC) Mendi to PSC Madang;
  23. CIP Gideon Ikumu – APEC to Provincial Police Commander New Ireland Province;
  24. ClP Michael Tilae – Deputy Director SSD to Superintendent Operations NCD;
  25. CIP Bob Kerry – HRM Pensions to Acting Director HRM; and
  26. Inspector Daniel Yangen – PSC Tari to PSC Kimbe.

 

Source: PNG TV & Loop PNG October 10, 2017

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Ban On Issuing Firearm Licenses

 

 

BY MICHAEL ARNOLD via Post-Courier

In light of an unprecedented increase in gun- related violence and killings reported in recent months, Police Minister Jelta Wong has declared a ban on the issuance of new firearm licences.

Mr Wong made this declaration yesterday by virtue of the powers conferred under Section 5A (1) of the Firearms Act Chapter 310, and all other enabling powers bestowed on him under the Constitution.

In compliance with this government directive, Police Commissioner Gari Baki, who is also the registrar of firearms, will not entertain new applications for the purchase and issuance of new gun licences.

Mr Wong said the ban, which was instituted yesterday, October 4, will remain in effect for an indefinite period. He said the government is taking this measure because of the increasing number of gun-related violence and killings reported in certain parts of the country in recent times.

The death toll now includes the two police officers killed in Wabag, Enga Province, at the height of the recently concluded 2017 National Election in July, and two in Southern Highlands Province last weekend.

However, according to Mr Wong, the PNG’s disciplinary forces, which include the PNG Defence Force, Police and Correctional Services, are exempted from this ban. A similar moratorium on firearms was issued by the Government in 2000.

PNG, Aust sign deal for technical cooperation

Source: The National

THE Prime Minister’s Department and National Executive Council have signed an agreement with their Australian counterparts for technical cooperation and institutional partnership.

 
Chief Secretary  Isaac Lupari said the agreement would pave the way for better relationships between the two countries.

 
“The agreement will provide capacity-building for both countries’ administrative personnel and enhance existing relationships,” he said.

 
“It should also pave the way for strengthening our public service reforms in collaboration with our Australian counterparts and provide coordinated monitoring of government policies and decision-making processes.

 
“An integral part of this understanding will involve officers from the prime minister’s department and cabinets of both countries undergoing joint training and capacity-building exchanges.”

 
Lupari said the agreement recognised the importance that both governments placed on maintaining strong institutional links between the two countries.

 
He said this extended beyond the existing development links that they have.

 
“It recognises the shared role of both departments in providing quality advice to their respective governments and in supporting the coordinated development and implementation of government policies,” Lupari said.

 
He said the cooperation between the two governments would be based on mutual understanding, respect, responsibility, transparency and accountability.

 
Lupari said taking into consideration each government’s capacity and resources, improved development outcomes for both parties would be mutual in the long run.
“It also enables cooperation between other government agencies such as health and defence.”

Police launch first water fleet for Apec

TU

August 24, 2017

THE Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary yesterday launched its water police fleet in preparation for next year’s Apec meeting in Port Moresby.
Police Commissioner Gari Baki in an interview with The National said the inclusion of vessels for use by his water policemen was a huge step forward and he looked forward to improving in the remaining months leading up to the country’s biggest meeting.
Baki said the launching was the first for water police, which would be complemented with a workshop soon to enable police to carry out effective operations in open seas.
“It is a very big step forward and what we need to do now is to get our police identified properly to undergo training so they can operate in the open seas effectively.
“It is a challenge for us now to look and address security in and on the open seas before the start of the Apec meeting,” Baki said.
“For now we are happy with the progress so far and looking to do better each day in preparation for the country’s very important meeting next year.”
Baki said the assistance to make Apec operations effective would increase to improve on areas that needed improvement.
He said the vessels launched yesterday were the first lot and
if needed they would bring in a second set.

 

http://www.thenational.com.pg/police-launch-first-water-fleet-apec/

Police Women Part of APEC Operations

The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary Water Police has trained two policewomen to be part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Summit maritime security operations next year.

First Constable Michaelyne Dukur and Constable Mayble Mission are currently undergoing training and rehearsal along with their male counterparts.

These officers are being supervised by Australian Federal Police adviser Inspector Terence Deltion.

Inspector Deltion was the former commander of the Sydney Water Police during the 2017 APEC meeting Australia.

“Through the engagement of experienced officers from the AFP, we are able to acquire first-hand skills and techniques, and that gives us an appreciation of what APEC maritime security operations will require,” First Constable Dukur said.

The female officers have been attached with the water police for some years without specific maritime security training.

Through the APEC preparation training, they are now more confident of performing better in the field once dominated by their male colleagues.

The PNGC Water Police has already started routine patrols along the Motuan coast, including the proposed APEC house and cruise ship sites in Port Moresby.

They will continue to conduct training and rehearsals up until the APEC Leaders’ Summit in November next year.

Papua New Guinea Expresses Gratitude for Australian Support

 

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has welcomed ongoing partnership activities between Papua New Guinea and Australia that are building capacity in healthcare, and providing ongoing support for the hosting of APEC in 2018.

 

 

Following a courtesy call by H.E. Bruce Davis, Australia’s High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea on Friday, PM O’Neill said the bilateral relationship with Australia continues to strengthen.

 

 

“The ongoing co-operation between our two Governments is very strong which is also enhancing business links, and delivering capacity building support,” PM O’Neill said.

 

 

“Australia’s commitment to improving healthcare in Papua New Guinea is delivering tangible results, particularly in dealing with diseases such as HIV/AIDs and tuberculosis.

 

 

“Co-operation activities are underway, together with World Bank support, to deal with TB in areas that include Western Province, Gulf Province and Port Moresby, and this is saving lives.

 

 

“We thank Australia for this ongoing healthcare co-operation that is also strengthening infrastructure and service delivery.

 

 

“Current projects include the new nursing school, dental clinic and maternal and child health ward at Angau Hospital.”

 

 

PM O’Neill said Australian support and co-operation is particularly important as Papua New Guinea prepares to host APEC.

 

 

“In 2018 the leaders of APEC’s 20 other Member Economies, together with more than 15 thousand delegates, will come to Papua New Guinea.

 

 

“This is an enormous logistical undertaking, and Australia is providing support that is building our capacity, particularly in the area of safety and security.

 

 

“I have expressed my appreciation to High Commissioner Davis for the support that Australia is providing, including the allocation of Australian Federal Police in a training and mentoring capacity.

 

 

“Papua New Guinea will deliver a very safe and successful APEC year and Leader’s Summit in 2018, and we thank Australia for their ongoing contribution.”

 

 

During the courtesy call the Prime Minister and High Commissioner further discussed the closure of the Manus Regional Processing Centre, that is underway as planned, and the outcome and processes of the 2017 National Election.

 

 

The Prime Minister advised that a review of the election is due to begin, from which lessons learnt will be considered.

 

 

As part of this review the Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission will seek perspectives and advice from its counterpart, the Australia Electoral Commission.

PM orders call-out expansion

August 18, 2017    
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PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has ordered that the security call-out in Hela be expanded to address the unrest in Enga and Southern Highlands.

 
The call-out is allowed under the existing order for Hela, he said in a statement.
“Our patience has ended with troublemakers in both Enga and Southern Highlands,” O’Neill said.

 
“The call-out will enable defence and police personnel to work together to maintain order.

 
“There will be zero-tolerance for any further interruptions to law and order, and community safety.

 
“The behaviour we are witnessing by small groups is totally unacceptable and is impacting on the lives of men, women and children in these areas.”

 
O’Neill warned people seeking to cause disruptions that they would be arrested by the disciplined forces and tried for criminal acts.

 
He said the situation was so different to the relative calm experienced during the recent general election in the Highlands.

 
“Throughout the campaigning and voting periods, we saw a big change in attitude in these areas,” O’Neill said.

 
“It is disappointing that towards the end of counting, we are seeing this unruly behaviour. I call on community leaders to work with the disciplined forces, and help to prevent anti-social behaviour in your areas.”

 
The call-out for Hela early this year was to address the issue of illegal guns and tribal fights before the election process began.

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