Officer could lose job: Kalaut

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The National, Wednesday July 24th, 2013

 A POLICE officer who walked out of a shop without paying for goods he took faces losing his job, his boss says.

Madang provincial police commander Sylvester Kalaut said the of­ficer had on July 14 gone into a shop in Madang, grabbed four loaves of bread, a can of meat, a packet margarine and two onions all worth K25.

Kalaut said the officer had been drinking the previous night and was still in uniform when he committed the offence. 

The officer had told the shop owner to “shut up”.

Kalaut said it did not matter if the amount involved was small.  

“I will give serious consideration and recommend his dismissal from the police force,” Kalaut said.

He said the same policeman had assaulted a police station cleaner. The officer is on a K400 bail.

In another case, a 50-year-old policeman was charged last Wednesday with aiding the escape of a suspect detained for being in possession of a firearm.