Monday 14 July 2008

Dodgy PNG coppers shot on sight

The PNG Police Commissioner has ordered his policemen to shoot on sight anyone posing as a police officer.

Crims have been dressing up in official police uniforms to undertake armed robberies.

Gari Baki, the police commissioner said that if they are caught, "they will be shot on sight."

We always knew it was an extremely dodgy place to visit - especially woman would not dare to travel alone to the lawless nation. It was only a while ago when a Cairns-based pilot, was gunned down while using at ATM in Port Moresby.

Maybe this year's holiday you should visit Tehran, or even Schapelle in Bali.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Now here's a lesson for our cops ...
Instead of a curfew for Cairns, lets try this.

From PNG Post Courier today.

Loitering Act to be enforced

PEOPLE found to be loitering in public places will be arrested and charged.
This was the sentiment stressed by metropolitan superintendent Fred Yakasa, backed by southern division commander ACP Awan Sete on Friday.
In a separate interview, Mr Yakasa said “people running around doing nothing will be arrested and charged”.
He said police would be enforcing the Loitering Act, which was part of their crime fight strategy plan, adding citizens would be held accountable for their actions. According to Mr Yakasa, this was one way of reducing opportunist crimes that were occurring on a daily basis.
“There are two kinds of crimes. One is the opportunist crimes where petty thefts, bag snatching and vehicle thefts plus others that you see daily. The other is organised crimes, which seem to be the trend. This involves a script and actors whereby the script is already written and the actors just act it out,” Mr Yakasa said.
He said since the inception of the crime fight strategy and the Major Organised Crimes Intelligence Team (MOCIT) in NCD, there had been a reduction in opportunist crimes due to police presence in the streets.
“There has been no increase in crimes in the capital. What we read about regarding the ‘hostage-kidnap’ sagas is just isolated incidents and that is a different matter,’’ he said.
“Just because the term ‘kidnap’ is mentioned, a sense of fear is immediately felt by everybody and they sensationalise sometimes. In almost all kidnap cases, the abductors are known individuals and most are inside jobs.”
Mr Yakasa did not hide the fact there were also “dirty cops’’ liaising with criminal elements and thus the force had since done away with several investigators in the BSP armed hold-ups and changing them with detectives who appeared to be “clean cops”.
He said several internal matters, such as warning policemen in uniform driving unmarked vehicles, reservists doing errands for individuals or business houses, chewing buai in uniform and others were some in-house rules, revisited and overhauled during his tenure for the last six months.
“We are confident of seeing this action plan for our crime fight strategy take place and part of this will be to enforce the Loitering Act.
“I have instructed the stations to do at least 50 searches and have a total of 20 arrests for loitering,” he said.