ACP: Lack of Leadership and Supervision within Police Department

Northern Divisional Commander Assistant Commissioner, Peter Guiness, says there is a complete lack of supervision and leadership within the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

He made this remarks at a recent discipline workshop, highlighting, that police personnel must practice leading roles within the establishment and begin to take into consideration the principles of discipline within every facet of their operations.

The ACP, told the course participants, including officers from the Lae Metropolitan and Morobe Provincial Police Command, that they must take some hard yards when it comes to leadership and management of their own sections or units.

“Most of your members are off-target. You are not coordinating their performances and not managing policing affairs within. They are all over the place. We need to keep stock of their performances well,” he said.

Mr. Guinness said that those with the rank and in authority, are not looking after their subordinates, in terms of supervision and daily affairs of policing in their respective areas of responsibilities.

“That is we still continue to have discipline issues in this organization,” Mr Guinness said.

Lae Metropolitan Commander, Chief Superintendent, Anthony Wagambie Jr, thanked the Internal Affairs Directorate (IAD) for the leadership workshop, as it was needed urgently in their workplace.

Mr. Wagambie said there were many challenges they have gone through and one of the biggest is discipline.

Director of the Police Internal Affairs Directorate, Chief Superintendent Robert Ali, said the discipline workshop was very important as it would refresh section or team leaders the importance of discipline.

He said the Police Commissioner has already identified 2016 and 2017 as years of discipline but respective line managers and supervisors have failed to implement and therefore, they have their personnel with discipline issues.

Some of the issues covered during the workshop included human rights and police functions, levels of discipline, serious disciplinary offenses, ethics and corruption and decision-making process.


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