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Policemen Tarnishing the Reputation of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

***Port Moresby General Hospital Doctor Beaten by Police***

 

A medical doctor doing his residency at the Port Moresby General Hospital Labour ward was beaten by Policemen on Wednesday night.

The young doctor will not be assisting mothers and babies in the Labour ward, because his eyes are completely shut and he has become partially deaf as a result of the beating.

Senior doctors say there is a shortage of doctors working with mothers and babies. Dr. Berry Newman’s inability to work will cause complications at the Labour ward.

This morning Professor Ikau Kevau, Dr. Osborne Liko and other senior doctors condemned the beating of the young medical officer.

The doctors collectively demanded action from the Police Commissioner and his deputies.

They’ve made the call after one of their own was badly beaten by cops in Tokarara.

“I dropped my sister and was turning back to Tokarara, they approached me when I stopped to change my tyres, they said I dropped off criminals and six of them punched and one kicked me on the right side of my ear,” said Dr. Newman.

Dr. Newman is now nursing serious injuries which will stop him from working at the Labour Ward.

He is part of a team of young doctors being trained to save the lives of mothers and babies.

But after the beating, he is deaf in the left ear and his eyes are completely shut. The injuries could become permanent.

“My right ear is not working anymore, I cannot see anymore. I don’t know why i was beaten up, I chose this career path to serve the people of this country,” the Labour ward trainee says.

Dr. Newman told EMTV News that he was taken to Waigani Police station where a policeman told him he could pick up his car in the morning after he pays the boys.

” They told me to go wash my face and treat myself, and then bring some money [so that] I can get my car,”  Newman said.

Senior doctors at Port Moresby General Hospital say the matter will not be taken lightly. It will be taken to the Police Commissioner for the matter to be addressed.

Doctors are respected in the society for their services to health. The incident has brought disgrace to the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

Members of the public have gone on social media outraged by the actions of a few policemen tarnishing the reputation of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

Police Commissioner Gari Baki was approached for a response.

 

EMTV News Online  June 3, 2017

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Disciplinary force members called to demonstrate maturity

By Sally Pokiton

Members of the disciplinary forces must demonstrate maturity when dealing with domestic issues, a judge of the National Court said.

“Assaulting wives and partners is a sign of sick and weak intellect and far too many soldiers and members of the disciplined force are doing that to their wives and partners.”

Justice Panuel Mogish of the Waigani National Court today made these remarks when delivering his decision on a sentence against a soldier with a 20 year service record.

He said soldiers who assault their wives and partners are a disgrace to the uniform they wear and should be dismissed as a matter of urgency to protect the integrity of the army.

“You abused your training when you assaulted your wife. You treated her like an enemy and applied brutal force to attack her, leaving her with fractures to her arms and legs,” he told George Hanio in court.

“What you did to your wife is disgraceful but is common among serving members of the disciplined force.

“Disciplined soldiers are trained to show restraint in volatile situation in war time. The application of force must be appropriate and relevant to the prevailing circumstances,” he added when sentencing Hanio to three years in jail.

That sentence was suspended and he was put on two years good behavior bond. He had initially assaulted his wife because she was having an affair and slept out of the matrimonial home.

They have since reconciled since he paid a compensation of K4000 to the woman.

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/disciplinary-force-members-called-demonstrate-maturity-60151

Defence Raid Manus Asylum Centre

-Post Courier

PNG Defence Force soldiers rampaged through Manus detention centre PNG government  officials, police and asylum seekers injured in attack.

Papua New Guinea Defence Force soldiers based at the Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island went on a rampage at the asylum detention centre on Good Friday firing several shots into the air  and  indiscriminately  assaulting  policemen,  PNG Immigration  Officers,  other  service providers and asylum seekers. The incident occurred on Friday April 14 at about 6.30pm at the Manus Regional processing centre.
Manus Provincial Police Commander Senior Inspector David Lapu said a group of drunken soldiers in retaliation for one of their colleague who was allegedly assaulted by an asylum seeker entered the centre shouting and throwing any objects that they could lay their hands on at the asylum seekers.
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He said  the  soldiers  also  assaulted  his  policemen  on  deployment  at  the  centre,  PNG immigration officers, other service providers and damaged several vehicles and properties worth thousands of kina.
PPC Yapu said the soldiers removed keys from a hired car his officers were using at the centre and drove away and also damaged it. PPC Yapu said the Commanding officer of the Naval Base, Mr Begsy Karaki intervened and stopped the incident from getting out of hand.
A senior PNG immigration officer and an asylum seeker were treated at the international health medical service at the centre and discharged. PPC Yapu is concerned  about  such unethical and unacceptable behaviour of the  drunken soldiers.
He said only a day ago the PNG Defence  Force Chief of Staff Colonel Numa addressed the Commanders parade and made some good comments to the solders to maintain high level of disciple, professionalism and leadership.

However this  message  had gone to deaf ears and the  soldiers  showed disrespect  to the international and local community at the centre PPC Yapu said.

Mr Yapu  has set  up an investigation  team  to  investigate  the  incident  and deal  with  the perpetrators.

“I will leave no stones unturned. Someone will answer for what happened,” said PPC Yapu. The commanding officer has already commenced his own investigation into the incident. The situation at the centre is quite but tense.

 

http://www.postcourier.com.pg/News/defence-raid-manus-asylum-centre/#.WPWNkvl96Ul

Reintroduction of Joint Forces College step in the right direction – Commissioner

ROYAL PAPUA NEW GUINEA CONSTABULARY

Media Statement
Tuesday 11th April 2017

Commissioner of Police Gari Baki said the reintroduction of the Joint Forces College was a step in the right direction for the three disciplinary forces.

Commissioner Baki made this comment when he farewelled a total of 15 police officer cadets at a dinner at the Police Officers Mess at the Bomana Training College last week.

Commissioner Baki said, “I can attest to the fact that many police officers who joined the Constabulary and were a part of the JSC program, were closely acquainted with their counterparts from the other two disciplinary forces.

“I came from the old school and we operated differently because the JSC in my time provided the leeway for my fellow officers to acquaint themselves professionally with our colleagues from the other disciplined services.

“We enjoyed the feeling of esprit-de-corp and camaraderie and shared many issues together concerning our career and more importantly our country’s national security issues,” Commissioner Baki said.

police and defense in Hela

He said today, that mutual trust and understanding amongst the officers of the three disciplinary forces is absent because those who joined after the abolishment of the JSC were not trained together.

“I can confidently announce that the JSC is a place where leaders are produced, because I went there and I am now serving my second term as Commissioner of Police. In fact nearly all of my squad mates at the JSC have become CS of Police Commissioners while few others have come as far as Assistant Commissioner or were elevated to the rank of Deputy Commissioner. Others became Commanders in in the PNGDC because they acquired a wealth of skills and knowledge from this highly commendable concept.

He said JSC is a viable initiative because officers of the three disciplinary forces were able to relate well and understand each other especially in times of major joint security operations.
The JSC was purposely set up to train, nurture and groom ambitious young men and turn them into professional officers and to promote a general sense of unity among the three disciplinary forces.

Commissioner Baki said as a sovereign nation, Papua New Guinea will continue to co-exist and trade in the global arena but the country cannot efficiently venture into the economic pathway, unless there is absolute stability in terms of national security.

He said that stability can only be enjoyed or achieved if our disciplinary forces are operating on the same wave length.

He told the new cadets that as commissioner he expected them to reopen that pathway so they can reconnect themselves with the other counterparts from the military and correctional services and foster a better relationship orientated on mutual trust and understanding

“Our relationship at the professional front is absolutely essential and therefore it is imperative for police, military and correctional officers to share common bonds in all aspects of their operability for the benefit of our national security.”

The 15 cadets have been flown to Lae on Sunday and were taken to Igam Barracks. They will undergo 18 months of rigorous physical training and they will also be exposed to the military culture.

World standard airport security

By GORETHY KENNETH

AIRPORT security at Port Moresby Jackson International Airport and other major centres have world standard closed circuit TV systems which cover the whole aerodrome perimeter, the National Airports Corporation (NAC) says.

It says there were more than 200 CCTV cameras installed at Jackson International Airport including the domestic terminal with high speed pan tilt zoom (PTZ) and fixed dome (FD) CCTV systems both indoor and outdoor.

The NAC said it also had programs in place to improve police presence and general security surveillance.

airport security

NAC executives said that the organisation was also planning to install another worldclass system that would not only provide security, safety and convenience for passengers and car park customers, but also generate revenue that was necessary for the sustenance of its airport facilities.

“In addition to CCTV surveillance at the Port Moresby International airport (PMIA) car parks, NAC will also provide covered walkways for car park users and secure gated parking for travellers who wish to leave their vehicles at the airport overnight or for long term,” the NAC said. “Customers will be able to pay for parking using their credit cards as well as book a parking slot online through the new PMIA website when the system comes into operation in the future.”

NAC chief executive officer Richard Yopo said the NAB board will release a statement later today on NAC operations.

“We are renovating a new office space for the police and the AFP.

“We will continue to support the airport police and continue to resource them,” he said.

“There are some projects that are running now and those are aimed at improving security surveillance and awareness and random security checks at the airport public car parks and road access around the airport precinct, reclaiming land alienated from the airport, removal of illegal settlers among other initiatives.

This was due to statements from the Opposition, other critics and the public that PNG’s international gateway was not fully serviced to cater for terrorism and security threats from outsiders and within.

Two Vehicles to Extend Bougainville Policing Services

Media Release – January 24, 2017

Australia has donated two vehicles to the Bougainville Police Service (BPS) to help extend the reach of law and justice services through North and South Bougainville.

Australian High Commission Counsellor Tim Bryson handed one vehicle over to Senior Sergeant John Popui and First Constable Lucy Nehemiah in Buin. A second vehicle was presented to Inspector Kingsley Lua at Buka Police Station.

The vehicles will be incorporated into the Royal PNG Constabulary fleet to serve prosecution and traffic operations in Buka, and the Family and Sexual Violence Unit in Buin.

“The donation of these vehicles is greatly appreciated,” said RPNGC Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Chief of the BPS, Joanne Clarkson.

“With transport, it will be easier for us to respond to reports of family and sexual violence, and to conduct awareness-raising activities.”

Mr Bryson said that Australia’s key objective in Bougainville, shared with the Government of Papua New Guinea, was stability, which enables economic growth.

“The improved delivery of policing and justice services, which these vehicles will support, is a key enabler of that stability,” said Mr Bryson.

In 2017, in line with the agreement of the PNG Government and Autonomous Bougainville Government, Australia will provide approximately K9 million to support the law and justice sector in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, including initiatives to improve community safety, address family and sexual violence, provide effective law and justice services and strengthen the Bougainville Police Service.

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Department Heads Suspended

BY GORETHY KENNETH

CABINET has suspended four departmental heads over the controversial Manumanu land deal in Central Province for the relocation of army barracks and naval base.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill announced the Cabinet decision yesterday, days after sidelining ministers William Duma and Dr Fabian Pok, and ordered a commission of inquiry while the Opposition has pursued an investigation with the Ombudsman Commission.

The National Executive Council directed the Minister for Lands and Physical Planning Benny Allen and acting Minister for Public Enterprises and State Investments Charles Abel to suspend two other executives over the same issue.

These suspensions are pending the Commission of Inquiry announced by Mr O’Neill in a press conference earlier this week over the alleged K78 million sale of the Manumanu land.

Cabinet convened at 2pm yesterday in Port Moresby and made the following decisions:

  • Defence Secretary Vali Asi suspended and Trevor Mearui appointed as acting Secretary;
  • Lands and Physical Planning Secretary Luther Sipison suspended and Terry Wanga appointed acting Secretary;
  • Central Supply and Tenders Board chairman Philip Eledume suspended and Dr Ken Ngangan appointed acting chairman;
  • Directed the acting Minister for Public Enterprises and States Investments to suspend Motor Vehicle Insurance Ltd managing director and review the appointments of MVIL board;
  • Directed the Lands and Physical Planning Minister to suspend the Valuer General and Lands Title Commissioner; and
  • Suspended State Solicitor Daniel Rolpagarea.

suspension

Mr O’Neill said natural justice would take its course and individuals would have the opportunity to address relevant issues through three review processes.

“I have announced a Commission of Inquiry into the land deal, headed up by a retired judge, that will get to the bottom of the claims that have been made,” he said.

“At the same time, the matter has been referred to the Commissioner of Police for consideration by the National Fraud Squad, and to the Ombudsman Commission for potential breaches of the Leadership Code.

“This level of scrutiny is expected by members of the public to ensure transparency in Government decision making processes. From the evidence before us, it does appear that individual Government agencies have acted in a way that must be reviewed. The relevant investigations will be transparent and independent.

“I call on members of the Opposition to not play games with investigative processes and allow due process to take its course,” Mr O’Neill said.

Earlier Mr O’Neill had announced that the Public Enterprises and State Investments would be taken care of by the National Planning Minister Charles Abel, and Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Mao Zeming would take care of Defence.

The Ombudsman Commission confirmed that it is already looking into the issue and yesterday afternoon Police Commissioner Gari Baki also said he has received the files and passed the papers onto the anti-fraud and corruption directorate director detective Chief Superintendent Matthew Damaru who was now going through the files.

The National Executive Council directed the Minister for Lands and Physical Planning Benny Allen and acting Minister for Public Enterprises and State Investments Charles Abel to suspend two other executives over the same issue.

These suspensions are pending the Commission of Inquiry announced by Mr O’Neill in a press conference earlier this week over the alleged K78 million sale of the Manumanu land.

Cabinet convened at 2pm yesterday in Port Moresby and made the following decisions:

  • Defence Secretary Vali Asi suspended and Trevor Mearui appointed as acting Secretary;
  •  Lands and Physical Planning Secretary Luther Sipison suspended and Terry Wanga appointed acting Secretary;
  • Central Supply and Tenders Board chairman Philip Eledume suspended and Dr Ken Ngangan appointed acting chairman;
  • Directed the acting Minister for Public Enterprises and States Investments to suspend Motor Vehicle Insurance Ltd managing director and review the appointments of MVIL board;
  • Directed the Lands and Physical Planning Minister to suspend the Valuer General and Lands Title Commissioner; and
  • Suspended State Solicitor Daniel Rolpagarea.

Mr O’Neill said natural justice would take its course and individuals would have the opportunity to address relevant issues through three review processes.

“I have announced a Commission of Inquiry into the land deal, headed up by a retired judge, that will get to the bottom of the claims that have been made,” he said.

“At the same time, the matter has been referred to the Commissioner of Police for consideration by the National Fraud Squad, and to the Ombudsman Commission for potential breaches of the Leadership Code.

“This level of scrutiny is expected by members of the public to ensure transparency in Government decision making processes.

From the evidence before us, it does appear that individual Government agencies have acted in a way that must be reviewed. The relevant investigations will be transparent and independent.

“I call on members of the Opposition to not play games with investigative processes and allow due process to take its course,” Mr O’Neill said.

Earlier Mr O’Neill had announced that the Public Enterprises and State Investments would be taken care of by the National Planning Minister Charles Abel, and Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Mao Zeming would take care of Defence.

The Ombudsman Commission confirmed that it is already looking into the issue and yesterday afternoon Police Commissioner Gari Baki also said he has received the files and passed the papers onto the anti-fraud and corruption directorate director detective Chief Superintendent Matthew Damaru who was now going through the files.

 

http://www.postcourier.com.pg/Stories/211971/#.WJu6j2996Ul

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