By Theckla Gunga – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Today marks the fourth week of the suspension of the NCD Dog Unit. The unit was suspended from conducting police operations in Port Moresby because of numerous allegations of misconduct and ill behaviors by members of the Unit, whilst on duty. The suspension was a unanimous decision by NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Perou N’Dranou and supported by the police hierarchy.
The suspension is based on numerous public complaints registered at the eight police stations in Port Moresby. However, it does not affect the involvement of NCD Dog Unit members taking part in the APEC Security Operation or the normal training of dogs at Bomana. But while there is a constant discussion between the NCD Metropolitan Command and the Directorate, members of the unit remain grounded from police duties within NCD.
Dog Unit is a Specialized Directorate in the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary. It conducts bomb and drug searches, crowd control and takes part in major police operations. But the suspension has been described as a bold move to restore command and control.
While the suspension of close to 60 police personnel may mean a shortage in the manpower, the NCD Met Sup says it is up to the Dog Unit Director to discipline officers involved in those allegation.
Deputy Police Commissioner Jim Andrews says the decision is supported by the police hierarchy and the honors is on the Director to discipline the officers involved.
This is the second time the NCD Dog Unit has been suspended from police duties. In 2016, the unit was grounded for almost six weeks following a fight involving recruits. This suspension remains for an indefinite period.