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PNG Police Chief to review police’s rules of engagement

Papua New Guinea Police Commissioner Gari Baki says he will review the Royal PNG Constabulary rules of engagement to ensure that officers used firearms responsibly.
Baki, who has held meetings this week with counterparts from the PNG Defence Force relating to last week’s standoff between the two armed forces, yesterday expressed concern on the rule of law.
“This kind of behaviour is totally uncalled for and not expected from a disciplined organisation. I have had a meeting with my Defence Force counterpart and expressed my concern on the rule of law,” he said referring to last week’s clash between the two armed forces.
“I also intend to visit the constabulary rules of engagement to ensure that members of the RPNGC (police) are responsible in the carriage and use of firearms,” he said.
Police investigations this year have so far placed officers implicated in shooting incidents under disciplinary charges.
A wife of a Lae businessman died af¬ter she was shot on the back of her head in early January as she was driving home from a New Year’s party. Ballistic examination confirmed the bullet had come from a police firearm.
Investigations are also underway over a shooting of a woman by members of a Taskforce Unit in Agua village along the Popondetta-Oro Bay Highway, Northern, last month.
Northern police commander Lincoln Gerari said the incident happened after a warning shot fired by police after some drunken youths stoned the police vehicle.
“Unfortunately, a woman was shot in the head while she and her family were sleeping in their home and died several hours later,” he said.
Police are also investigating the shooting of a taxi driver allegedly by police last month at the Waigani fuel station.
Chief of Forensics Philip Rambaliku had confirmed ballistic tests pointed to a police firearm.
NCD Metro Supt Benjamin Turi in October had called for all members of the RPNGC to declare all weapons, including those kept as exhibits.

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