Thursday, October 16, 2014

Police Commissioner Vaki announces zero tolerance for rogue and abusive policemen and women

Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki (pictured) yesterday announced a zero tolerance level on undisciplined, corrupt and abusive policemen and women following reports of such abusive behaviour by members of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

Vaki made this comment from Auckland, New Zealand, where he is attending the 43rd Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Conference.
"Enough is enough," he said in a statement.
"Under my watch criminals in police uniform have no place in the Constabulary.
"They will be identified, charged, and removed from the Constabulary.
"No more lip service.
"When a member is dismissed he or she will immediately loose all privileges to police housing.
"We currently have members who have appealed against their dismissals whilst still receiving rent, water electricity free accommodation."
Vaki said the numbers of abuses by policemen seemed to be increasing on a daily basis despite tough stances taken by the police management over the years. Since 2007 more than 500 members of the Constabulary have been disciplined and penalised by way of fines, demotions and dismissals.
"I will not tolerate this nonsense," Vaki said.
"I am now issuing a strong warning to every member of the Constabulary that any complaint made by a member of the public will be immediately and thoroughly investigated and appropriate and swift action taken.
"I will also be holding immediate supervisors responsible.
"Where a member has been charged the supervisor must show cause as to why he or she should not be charged as well for professional negligence. "Such abusive, corrupt and undisciplined behaviours do not occur overnight and are usually the end result of NCOs, supervisors and commissioned officers sleeping on the job.
"Tere are no bad constables, only bad supervisors and commanders.
"I urge good honest, committed and hardworking police officers to continue to serve the people of Papua New Guinea without fear or favour, malice or ill-will.
"Policing is a noble, honourable and rewarding profession.Be committed. Be sincere. Be professional. Serve your people with pride and dignity.
"To the members of the public, I ask that you help us clean up the RPNGC by reporting such abusive behaviour.
"I can only take action if you make an official complaint.
"Rest assured that your complaint will be treated with confidentiality and swiftly acted upon."

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