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Commissioner Manning orders suspension of Police Officers involved in Erima confrontation

PNG Acting Police Commissioner, David Manning has issued instructions for police personnel initially involved in the recent Erima raid in the National Capital District to be suspended from active duties while investigations are underway.

The raid sparked off a confrontation with settlers resulting in two deaths.

Mr. Manning says the suspension is normal procedure undertaken by the Constabulary in any administrative or criminal investigation.

The Assistant Police Commissioner says police work is often tough and challenging but a long can be achieved if good community relations build on mutual understanding and trust is forged between the police and the community through constant dialogue and interaction.

He says heavy handed tactics by police towards the community must stop if the Constabulary is to eradicate the element of mistrust and resentment in the hearts and minds of the people.

This is to make the society more safe and conducive for residents to live in and for business activities to operate and thrive in peace and harmony.

Mr. Manning says the Constabulary will place more emphasis on refresher training and courses for police personnel to ensure they operate within the confines of ethics and discipline when dealing with hostile situations.

He also says detective investigating the aftermath of the violence in Erima were instructed to cover all aspects of the allegations leading up to and after the incidents.

The Acting Police Commissioner says the biggest concern is the conduct of police personnel who were initially at the scene when the shooting occurred.

He says this is a homicide investigation but they will have to also investigate the issue of illegal liquor sales.

Mr. Manning added that they will arrest and charge the suspects involved in the illegal sale of alcohol as well.

Detectives assigned to these cases will also interview the settlers to identify and arrest the suspects involved in the attack on police personnel, damages caused to police vehicles as well as those of the commuting public.

Mr. Manning pointed out that the success of these investigations will depend on the community’s willingness to assist the police to unveil all the wrong doings perpetrated by everyone involved, including members of the public and the police.


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