NCD Dog Unit Remains Suspended

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The NCD Dog Unit remains suspended from conducting police operations in the National Capital District.

The suspension is a unanimous decision made by NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Perou N’Dranou following numerous allegations against members of the Directorate.

However, the Unit is not suspended from conducting APEC Security Operations in Port Moresby or the normal training of police dogs at Bomana.

The suspension of the NCD Dog Unit is now into the second week.

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.

The suspension is based on numerous allegations of misconduct and ill-behaviour of NCD Dog Unit members whilst on police duties.

These include the firing of tear gas at Hohola, two weeks ago which three students were reported affected.

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 allegations.

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.

 

Theckla Gunga

graduated with an Arts Degree from the University of Papua New Guinea, with majors in Journalism and Public Relations. Her passion in news gathering lies in reporting on Crime and Court stories. She is into her third year reporting with EMTV and loves the challenge of being in a once male dominated field.

Theckla Gunga