Formal Investigations Yet to Begin on Rogue Traffic Officer in Viral Video

By Theckla Gunga – EM TV News, Port Moresby

Police are yet to commence formal investigations into identifying the police officer, who was caught asking for a bribe, in a video that went viral on social media.

The incident believed to have occurred on December 31, last year was filmed through a camera placed on the dash board of an expatriate’s vehicle.

The video records the conversation between a traffic police officer and an expatriate driver believed to be Australian.

From the conversation, it could be heard that the officer refused to inspect the vehicle, after asking if the vehicle registration was valid.

The officer goes on and asks for a bribe stating that he wanted to have a few stubbies and had asked his family to prepare some food.

After learning that the expatriate driver had no cash on him but had bank cards, he went further and asked if they could go to the nearest ATM so the expatriate can withdraw money and give to the officer.

Commissioner Baki has announced that this year is a year of discipline and the police will work hard towards, not only minimising such acts, but to completely eradicate them from the police force.

At the courts this week, two police officers were charged for Permitting Escape of a criminal.

One was suspended for 21 days and the other appeared for mention today.

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