IT IS THE great escape. A bunch of PNG’s most notorious criminals slips out of gaol and the whole country is horrified.
In an exceptional act, the government offers K1.5 million for a recapturing operation.
But then Police Commissioner Garry Baki orders his headquarters to take over the investigation, cuts manpower, withdraws vehicles and slashes the funding.
But Supt Yakasa will not comment on this. “We are using whatever resources we have,” he says.
Meanwhile Simon Eroro reports in the Post-Courier that veteran policeman John Mombre believes “corruption is rampant within our police force”.
“This is no joke,” he says. “Look at us stopping travellers at night for not putting on their indicators, threatening to arrest a female along the road because she’s parked her car although she has the blinkers on but made to sweat explaining she did because she wanted the escort to drive up.”
“Many policemen allow our personal emotions to make decisions which in many instances are unnecessary.”
Mr Mombre goes on to say that 99% of police who breach traffic rules do not get arrested. “Anyone else does it gets arrested,” he observes.
He also says many charges for obstruction of police duty are completely irrelevant. “Look at the drunkard policemen with beers packed in their cars driving around.
“At the road blocks many are out there performing honestly while a few are taking the road blocks as a chance to try their luck in getting a toea or two.”
“In fear of being locked up, many decide to pull out a few notes which eventually works out well. This is corruption.”