Top cop: Force is with people and government

National, Normal

ACTING Police Commissioner Anthony Wagambie has reassured the government and people of PNG that the Royal PNG Constabulary is stable and united in its mandate to protect and serve.
Wagambie said this yesterday upon taking office following a National Executive Council (NEC) decision on Wednesday.
Present at Wagambie’s first media conference as acting commissioner of police were assistant commissioner of police (ACP) assisting COP Awan Sete, ACP human resource Alfred Reu, ACP administration Jim Wan, ACP highlands Simon Kauba, ACP logistics Joab Mangae, ACP public safety Jim Andrews and ACP crimes Rafael Huafolo.
Wagambie said he had received full directives and instruments from the NEC, which became effective on Wednesday.
“I also call on all commanders to remain focused on their duties and responsibilities.
“There is no instability of any sort within the organisation and, therefore, I wish to assure the people that police services will continue as normal.
“Deployment into major project sites, such as the liquefied natural gas project areas, will remain intact under the current arrangements.
“I call upon the rank and file for their recommitment and dedication to their assigned duties and responsibilities,” he added.
Wagambie also acknowledged confidence in Chief Supt Fred Yakasa who has been promoted to the rank of acting deputy commissioner of police and chief of police operations.  
“I will be depending on every commander and provincial police commander and director to assist the new management run the force to serve the people.”