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‘Our women in blue face unspeakable difficulties’: Kramer

Kramer and RPNGC
Women police and Bryan Kramer: "I'll make it my business to stamp out gender bias and sexual harassment in the RPNGC"

BRYAN KRAMER MP | Kramer Report | Edited

MADANG – On Thursday I had the privilege to accompany prime minister James Marape and fellow ministers to inspect progress on the Australian government-funded Angau Hospital redevelopment project in Lae.

During the event, members of the Royal PNG Constabulary asked me if it was OK to take to a picture with them.

Under the leadership of Marape-Steven government, and in my capacity as police minister, our women will play a greater role in policing throughout the country.

While all members of the force face challenges in serving our country, our women in blue face unspeakable difficulties, not because of their lack of ability or performance but because of discrimination for being a woman.

I wish to put every member of the force on notice, from the lowest ranking constable to the commissioner, that I will be making it my business to stamp out gender bias and sexual harassment within the RPNGC.

While I understand there are processes within police administration to deal with such incidents, I will ensure every complaint is dealt with on a timely basis and not swept aside.

I encourage any female member of the police who has been a victim, or who continues to be a victim, of such practices to contact my office or message me directly.

A priority of the Marape-Steven government is to restore discipline and pride in each and every member of our police force.

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Robert Wilson

You are correct Phillip that PNG used to be a law abiding country and life was good for all.

I remember as a fresh faced didiman being sent to Madang in 1972 living in a share house beside Modilon road and never having to lock our doors.

Items left outside the house were also safe. Good times indeed and good luck to minister Kramer!

Philip Fitzpatrick

James Marape may have various plans to change Papua New Guinea for the better but the most crucial change maker in his government is police minister Bryan Kramer.

As the minister responsible for law and order, he sits at the pivot point of any meaningful change process. If he performs well, and is supported by the prime minister, Papua New Guinea has a bright future.

Having a law abiding citizenry is an essential precursor for so many aspects of life in any nation.

Conversely, having a lawless society destroys national life and the opportunities available to it.

If Papua New Guinea was a law abiding nation it would have a vibrant and profitable tourism industry employing thousands of people.

If Papua New Guinea was a law abiding nation violence against women and children would be considerably reduced.

At the moment most women and children have no recourse to justice if they are beaten and assaulted simply because the police resources are not there to deal with it.

Without fear of being brought to account Papua New Guinean men are free to exercise their most vile impulses.

If Papua New Guinea was a law abiding nation corruption could be brought down to manageable levels.

At the moment politicians, public servants and others engage in corrupt activities because they have no fear of being caught.

Citizens of a law abiding nation are much more inclined to report corrupt behaviour when they see it because they are much less likely to be the victims of reprisals.

If Papua New Guinea was a law abiding nation people would feel much safer in their day to day activities. They would be free to safely travel on the roads and venture out at night. Without the prospect of being robbed they would engage with each other freely in commerce.

If Papua New Guinea was a law abiding nation economic activity would flourish. More people would have jobs, especially those youths who are responsible for most of the petty crime. Drug and alcohol consumption would decline if people were gainfully employed.

How do we know all of these things?

Because Papua New Guinea was once a law abiding nation.

If you don’t believe this find a grey old lapun and ask them. They will tell you what it was like to leave their house unlocked, walk safely to the trade store, buy their goods and walk home without looking over their shoulder for potential thieves or assailants.

Bryan Kramer’s task is enormous. He will need more than the remainder of the government’s term in office to make any inroads.

Not only has he to rescue and rehabilitate a demoralised police force but he has to bring about cultural change.

He has to change the dog-eat-dog attitudes that currently exist and replace them with ones that respect not only the laws of the land but citizens respect for each other.

He can’t do it by himself and will need a lot of help. But he will be the pivot where change occurs.

I can’t think of anyone better to be that pivot.

Philip Kai Morre

Bryan Kramer is heading in the right direction. Gender inclusion in any given situation, whether in the police department or any other department, is a human right based on the principle of common good. For our nation to prosper, gender inclusive should be our priority.

Kenny Pawa Ambaisi

Some people who have been hiding in the grass may think that MP Kramer is trying new things.

No, if we look at it very carefully, it is a natural justice. Therefore any victim can directly report to the MP to deal with it accordingly. Really good.

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