Police have to earn respect: Wagambie

The National, Friday July 15th, 2016

POLICE cannot demand respect from the public but earn it, Lae Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie, Jr says.
Wagambie said that yesterday when reiterating a message he delivered during a police parade at the Bumbu Barracks in Lae last Saturday.
“Respect cannot be demanded, it has to be earned,” Wagambie said.
“Police have to work hard to win back public confidence and trust.
“That is exactly what we are striving for in the Lae metropolitan command. We (police) must conduct ourselves professionally.”
Wagambie said police must at all cost avoid outside influence and serve without fear and favour.
“It starts from small things like dressing up neatly in uniform, not chewing betel nuts while in uniform and on duty, keeping police vehicles clean and being courteous when dealing with the public,” he said.
Wagambie said police officers must be aware of human rights issues and must cut down on police brutality.
“This organisation (police force) can only gain back the respect which it had if all members work towards it. We must all do our bit to earn it.”
Wagambie said it was a fact that the police force had gone backwards in terms of discipline.