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31 January 2013

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I will disagree with the comment made by Tony Flynn saying that we that cannot blame the police at the sharp end.

If cops being crooked then they have broken the laws.

Whether you have this qualification of what you are and trying to protect yourself from what you done is a shame.

I would said that it's not on, if you breaks the law you need to face the law; not only blaming the police leader at the top but all of you need to be blamed.

Therefore they should respond firmly to the people who are paid to be in control and also their officers receiving their commands.

And if taking action such as "shape it or ship out" is possible, then take it. Because there are many developments taking place in the country and we need good quality leaaders to manage.

The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary must introduce a more community based approach. A culture of tinted unmarked Police vehicles with unnecessarily heavily armed policemen must be done away with. Can we have unarmed neatly groomed police personnel with only a tuned police frequency radio walking our streets and villages? Firearms should be restricted and limited in issuing on patrols or attending to complaints or emergencies. Our Police must be deployed among our communities where they patrol on foot beats and adhere to complaints at doorsteps rather then the Police station. It must be known to whoever who wants to join the constabulary that it does not involve cruising around vehicles and threatening and intimidating offenders and the general public with guns. Rather they must know that it is a force of brave people who are willing to quell crime with no unnecessary use of weapons and force but sheer hard work and loyalty.

Does any one know how to recall Inspector Metau?

I think Phil Fitzpatrick was the last to spot him.

I have little sympathy for violent criminals either.

But I agree police must have the wit and courage to go after those white collar pigs and lock them up safely behind bars.

The front page photo of dead criminaLs lined up on the road in Port Moresby a few weeks ago with police standing by like SWAT commandos celebrating a 'kill' speaks a thousand words.

These men were robbing an Asian shop when they met their fate.

Wouldn't it be refreshing (don't hold your breath) to see some white collar Waigani raskol being treated like a 'real' raskol by our policemen and women?

Just thinking.

Thank you Keith for extending the discussion further.

I'd really hate to see us forget this deplorable state of affairs in PNG.

I'm sure there's a way to address this issue. We just need leaders who are serious to put some hard thinking, make some hard decisions, and then put their money where their mouth is and make things happen.

It's not impossible.

Agreed Keith - the shape up or ship out approach would be the best top down solution to dealing with the issue.

Michael, good idea, Keith, good summary. I am in Lae and I am happy to say that our local police have really sharpened up over the past 6 or so months.

They are wearing spotlessly clean uniforms and obviously have some pride in that uniform. I see them at Kumalo river crossing, Wau and various trouble spots on the Highway.

No member of the travelling public or everyday workforce would feel intimidated or threatened by these guys. They are proud professionals out there to help.

I believe it is more of a case of the bad apples spoiling the total image. I am not talking about the road block boys at Yonki and Heganofi. I mean the "proper" police.

Of course PNG Attitude can not be responsible for 'leading the charge' but we can use the open forum as a meeting room to discuss what actions may be worth moving on. Cheers.

A good summary of our comments, Keith. What else can we do with it?
Is it possible to use your article as a letter from 'concerned citizens & friends' to post in both newspapers?

What about a full story for the weekend magazine?

Perhaps we can make more noise, have a vendetta on police violence, and better yet lobby with those in the position to do something?

I'm out of touch with the news but has there been interviews of the general public to get their comments?

Also, how about voices from within the police ranks, surely some of them are unhappy with what's happening, even if they want to remain anonymous.

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