By Jack Lapauve Jnr – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Police Minister, Jelta Wong, has issued a strong warning to police officers. The Police Minister says all officers must adhere to police protocol and follow command. Wong described 2018 as a tough year for police but says police must work smart in 2019, and serve with dignity.
Speaking at the recent Commissioner’s conference in Port Moresby, the Police Minister spoke highly of police conduct during operations.
Minister Wong said officers who do not adhere to command thus many reports of abuse and assault devalued the force’s reputation. He says 2019 will be different.
“I believe for a strong structure, we must go back to the old ways of following the protocols,” says Minister Wong.
Policing has been tough on the members of the force with proper conduct barked by the police minister recently. Minister Wong wants a new beginning for the force in 2019; he says in 2019, the top hierarchy will be tightening police discipline.
Minister Wong has also urged Police to refrain from poor public conduct. He wants an all-new approach for policemen and women around the country. He says in-house issues is for the top management to address.
“I know we have challenges, and I am working hard with the Department and Hierarchy to overcome them.
“We are working with other Jurisdictions such as Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, and the United Kingdom modernize the Constabulary to make our policing more efficient,” says Minister Wong.
The former police officer says command and control will be implemented in 2019.