IT is tragic that the Royal Papua New guinea Constabulary, 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.