Forces have attitude problems

Letters, Normal

The National, Thursday, May 12, 2011

IT seems the disciplined forces have attitude pro­blems.
They think that the weapon and uniforms can be used and abused anytime they want.
The main reason people are recruited as soldiers or policemen is to serve the citizens.
However, it seems many of these people do not realise that their main role is to ensure and maintain peace in the community.
Instead, they think they are living in Hollywood where they can behave like “Terminators” and “Rambos”.
The government needs to seriously consider sen­d­ing these people to at­tend psychology classes and let these people take psychological examinations to ensure they are physically and mentally fit to wear the uniforms of the PNGDF or RPNGC.
The government must also review its current more of recruiting people for the PNGDF and RPNGC.
Here are some suggestions on how the government can recruit qualified people.
Firstly, the applicants must undergo a thorough medical check-up to make sure the recruits are phy­sically, academically and socially capable of ser­ving the people. The ap­plicants must also have a minimum qualification of a Grade 12 certificate.
Secondly, the length of training provided at the Police Training College in Bomana and the Goldie River Training Centre is not sufficient. Recruits need to undergo a two-year training stint where they are thoroughly assessed. A soldier or a policeman needs to be trained in all aspects of being a military officer. It is not just handling a firearm. Each recruit must know the laws of PNG in detail. 
Thirdly, rogue officers should be penalised by the force. Tough actions need to be taken on such ill-mannered officers so that it will teach everyone a lesson.
Finally, look into the affairs of the police force and maintain those who perform and get rid of those who fail to make the mark. Performance does not only mean work but also discipline and other areas too.
We are sick and tired of reading so many bad press of these so-called policemen and soldiers.


Peter K
Kamas, Wabag