by Scott Waide – EM TV News, Lae
Two probationary constables will appear for mention tomorrow at the Lae District court for threatening members of the public with a police issued shotgun on Friday.
The constables, stationed at Lae’s Chinatown police station, were on drinking spree when they went to the Bumbu Market and threatened to kill Morobeans.
Police were alerted and several units intercepted the probationary constables who were driving a hired blue landcruiser. The policemen faced the wrath of Lae’s Metropolitan Superintendent, Anthony Wagambie Jr., who ordered them arrested, charged and detained after they were disarmed.
The incident comes amidst ongoing tensions spurred by incidences of petty crimes in Lae City.
“I strongly condemn the actions of the two policemen. We are trying to manage an already volatile situation, and for these two to go out threatening Morobeans is uncalled for,” Wagambie said.
“I would like to stress to the community in Lae that what these two were doing this without the knowledge of their superiors and they will be dealt with by the Courts. Disciplinary action will be implemented as well as suspension.”
Wagambie has also made it clear that the actions of the probationary constables are in no way representative of the other members of the Royal papua New Guinea constabulary in Lae.
He has also issued an apology to the Lae public for the actions of the two probationary constables.