Officers urged to be responsible


TABUBIL police station commander Inspector Wesley Tomutagweda reminded officers in Western to be responsible and to serve the Government and people.
Tomutagweda said this when addressing Tabubil police officers and the Mobile Squad 5 officers deployed at Tabubil to provide security at the Ok Tedi Mining during a parade.
He said this year was the year of discipline and Commissioner Gari Baki had strongly emphasised on police officers throughout the country to uphold discipline.
Tomutagweda told the officers that significant numbers of discipline problems associated with police were reported by the media this year.
“We must be independent when carrying out our policing duties,” he said.
He also reminded the officers that when apprehending offenders, police must not caution and discharge them.
He said the offenders must be formally arrested, charged and appear before the courts.
“Let the courts to decide their penalty which will make them learn from their mistakes so they will not commit the same offence again,” he said.
Tomutagweda also thanked the police officers for their efforts despite a very challenging year.
He said the paramount role of all police officers was to protect lives and properties and to maintain peace and good order in the community that they were serving.
With the festive season around the corner, Tomutagweda said police in Tabubil would begin a special operation today and ends on Jan 3.
He said the police operation was to make known to the public what they should expect from police if they engaged in anti-social or illegal behaviour during the festive season.

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