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22 July 2014


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Well said Chris!

But we have the Australian police scattered throughout the country's coffee shops assisting the change of mindset in the local police. This sort of thing is going to be something of the past.

Seriously Chris, your article is on the right track.

It is tragic that the RPNGC, which once had a deserved reputation for its genuine connection to the community it served, has now degenerated to the point where some of its officers are little more than armed thugs.

Any organisation that is failing so spectacularly to fulfil its main mission is certain to be bereft of effective leadership.

In particular, there evidently is no-one willing or able to clearly articulate what the RPNGC's core values are and then enforce those values.

This is always a tough job in policing, which is a dangerous, demanding and sometimes distressing line of work. However, it is critical to success of a police force that it gains and retains the overwhelming support of the community it serves.

To do this, it is important that justice is both done and seen to be done. That is manifestly not happening in PNG right now.

There is no "magic bullet" solution to this. Change will have to start at the top and will not necessarily be pretty.

The first step is to strip politicians of the ability to remove and appoint Commissioners at will. At a minimum, this should take a resolution of Parliament. At least this should ensure that the process is transparent, unlike the recent change in leadership.

The second step is to appoint an incorruptible Commissioner and empower him or her to do all things that need to be done to change the culture of the force for the better, including sacking those officers who cannot or will not conform to the required standards of behaviour and probity.

This is a difficult but not impossible task. It has been done before but requires a great deal of political will in the first instance.

So, Mr O'Neill, have you got the "right stuff" in you to do what is right for the country?

I watched a report on ABC Australia about police brutality in the South Fly region of PNG. The report outlined the interests of a Malaysian logging company and the power the company had over the local population by soliciting the help of the PNG police.

Villages in the South Fly region were promised jobs and development in their communities. I run a blog for Sigabaduru Village 7 km from the Australian border, I want to help the community and others with a solar power project.

Can anyone help me?

Contact me at or

Powerful article. My experience of police brutality left me with a swollen ear and face from the fan belt of a car.

Well, some upstanding citizens could always mail a copy anonymously to their police stations.

Do it again the next week in case the first copy gets "lost."

This article might have tremendous impact if copies were sent to the police commander of each police station in the country, with a polite request that a copy be posted in places within the police station where all police could see the article, but not the public.

Which stations posted and which stations did not would give an immediate clue as to the mindset of the police commander himself.

In stations where the article was posted, its fate (whether it got torn down by someone or remained up) would give an idea about the mindset of the police working at that station.

Finally, how many times the article had to be reposted in those stations where it was torn down would give an indication of how resilient the police were at that particular station (or at least certain individuals) in doing things non-corruptly or honestly.

If the government Ministry of Police ran this experiment, they would get valuable data that would help them determine where to focus more scrutiny, investigations and behavioural training.

If an NGO did the sending out and monitoring, they would get useful data that could be used to right expose articles targeting stations with the worse police brutality problems.

And if an individual just mailed out the copies, they wouldn't know what had happened, but might at least do some good.

Unfortunately, this is PNG and none of the above will occur.

Why we are so lethargic as a people (at least the good people) while the corrupt and brutal have heaps of energy, is a mystery whose answer will tell us a lot about ourselves.

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