Labi: Force is a disciplined unit

Lae News, Normal

The National, Thursday 02nd Febuary 2012

BEING a police officer is not just another job, it is a very noble profession because police officers are never off duty, Police Commissioner Tom Kulunga said yesterday.
Farewelling Momase region assistant commissioner Giossi Labi, Kulunga said: “The people of PNG do not need fly-by-night or one-day policemen but officers who can serve 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.
“This is a disciplined organisation whose fundamental reason for existence is to protect and serve the people as well as our friends and visitors and provide law and order,” he reminded the rank and file.
The ceremony was held at Bumbu Barracks in Lae.
 “We are dedicated public servants who have sworn to protect lives and property at any time and any place,” Kulunga said.
Labi and Kulunga were cadet officers in 1971 who provided the guard of honour at self-government ceremony in 1972 at Government House.
Both have reached the top hierarchy – Kulunga as the commissioner and Labi as assistant commissioner and commander of the Momase region.
“It has been a memorable 40 years for the both of us. This farewell parade is a reminder to me that my time is just around the corner,” Kulunga said.
“To get to the top is not an easy task. The journey is long and hard and is filled with many obstacles,’’ he said.
“But discipline, obedience, commitment, determination, honesty to yourself, the constabulary and the more than six million people of PNG will get you through.”
 Replacing Labi is acting ACP Allan Kundi.
Labi has spent 42 years in the force with five of those as divisional commander of Momase.