By Vasinatta Yama – EM TV News, Port Moresby
The United Nations (UN) has welcomed the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary’s commitment for 2016 as the Year of Discipline.
Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, made the declaration to enforce Prime Minister Peter O’Neil’s intention, to weed out ill-disciplined officers and create a good image for the constabulary.
Since the declaration at the beginning of this year, at least 10 police officers have been arrested and charged for misconduct, armed robbery, sexual assault, and more.
The UN office in PNG states that it is vital to maintain public confidence in law enforcement agencies.
They also state that such a directive provides a new opportunity for the progress in the rule of law, human rights, and gender equality in PNG.
In May this year the government will present its report under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), on actions they have taken to improve the human rights situation.
Meanwhile, following the declaration, a number of initiatives will be introduced into the force to minimise police brutality cases and transform the constabulary into a trusted community oriented police service.