Relationship of police, soldiers not affected: Tondop

Highlands policemen and soldiers showing their unity to maintain cooperation for people and country. – Nationalpic by ELIAS LARI

POLICE and Papua New Guinea Defence Force in the Highlands have assured the public the street fight between soldiers and policemen in Port Moresby’s Boroko on Monday has not affected their relationship.
“We are intact and united in our duty to the people and country,” Eastern End commander ACP Joseph Tondop said.
He said the fight was an “isolated issue” and “we will continue to work as a team to provide security and stability in the region”.
ACP Tondop spoke after a meeting in the Mt Hagen Police Station with Maj Gabriel Gwaibo and his members yesterday. “The confrontation was something that should not have happened as there are procedures in place to address issues and conflicts,” ACP Tondop said. “The members of the two disciplinary forces have exposed their frustrations in public and painted a very bad name for the country.
“The public depends on security and safety and we must all restrain ourselves from behaving in such a manner in future.
“The Highlands security personnel are united and will remain so, despite arising issues.”
ACP Tondop said with general election 2022 nearing, policemen and soldiers would need all the cooperation, unity and team work.

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