Discipline rogue police personnel

Letters, Normal

The National – Thursday, December 23, 2010

IT is becoming very annoying to see, hear and read about our police personnel making threats or demanding for monetary favours when they conduct road blocks and other traffic checks.
Is this part of the Royal PNG Constabulary training at Bomana?
I have lost count of how many times I have encountered policemen with alcohol in their breath or drunk while on duty.
Is the line between drinking while on duty and off duty blurred and no longer applicable?
Do our police personnel still feel proud when they put on their uniforms?
We work hard to get paid and some policemen see it fit to conduct road blocks “to steal” our hard-earned fortnight salary.
Papua New Guineans and expatriates working here are being held up everyday and yet we have not seen or heard about our police personnel arresting these raskols.
This brings me to the question of what is the difference between our rogue police personnel and criminals?
Are they not doing the same thing – stealing from the poor innocent people?
The police bosses must be seen to take action against these wayward officers and bring back some semblance of discipline and pride within the RPNGC.
When the notorious William Kapris was arrested after escaping from the Bomana jail, people started to show respect to the constabulary again.
However, all that hard work and good PR have gone down the drain with the behaviour of rogue policemen.
I hope the acting police commissioner will crack the whip and put the RPNGC’s house in order.

Ted Malongim
Kiunga, Western