By Theckla Gunga – EM TV, Port Moresby
Police orders were issued by Papua New Guinea’s Police Commissioner, Geoffrey Vaki to decommission the NCDC Police Reservists Unit, and all uniforms, firearms and vehicles to be returned to the Constabulary.
His comments came following the alleged killings of two Hanuabada men and the bullet wounding of another man.
Supporting the Commissioner’s direction, the Acting Deputy Commissioner Jim Andrews said the decision to disband and decommission the reserve unit was made to ensure proper care and management of the Constabulary’s resources, more particularly the use of firearms.
Andrews said Commissioner Vaki has also issued orders for the BSP Bank Reserve Unit to be disbanded and decommissioned as well.
“This is because they were using police uniforms and firearms to perform security work for the commercial bank,” Andrews said.
He said the Reserve and Auxiliary concepts were scrapped during former Commissioner, Gari Baki’s tenure but reservations were made through signed MOAs with the mining companies, BSP Bank, Air Nuigini and certain Provincial Governments who were funding the upkeep of these reservists.