KRAMER CONFIDENT FOR CHANGES IN THE FORCE

"Police Minister Bryan Kramer said he is confident the public can see significant changes in the force in terms of attitude, and greater accountability."

The public will expect to see significant changes in the police force in the next month through to the next three months.

Police Minister Bryan Kramer said he is confident the public can see significant changes in the force in terms of attitude, and greater accountability.  

“But the community must play their part not only in public accountability but assisting the force in addressing crimes rather than harboring criminals,” Kramer said.  

He said he will now expect to start mapping the force, understanding each division, opportunity to sit down with each divisional commander meet his rank and file through the Commissioner’s office.

He said budget cuts remain challenging for the police as the country faces cash flow issues but he will ensure to get sufficient funds.  

Minister Kramer said he has explained to the police hierarchy that corruption remains the number one issue affecting the country and if police want to get the funding they need, and deserve then they have to go after corruption.  

“Get better understanding of the issues and challenges they have, it’s not their job to run around and look for partnerships by private sector lookingfor money as is the practice the commissioner says he goes to finance, talks to the secretary to beg for money.

It’s not his job, his job is to command and control the force and discipline of the force and public safety,” Kramer said.

Minister Kramer said he has made it clear that it is his responsibility now to ensure to go and fight in NEC, on the floor of parliament and on the corridors of Waigani to ensure they (Police) have their funding and can carryout their duties.    

However, he said he has explained to the police hierarchy that corruption remains the number one issue affecting the country and if police want to get the funding they need, and deserve then they have to go after corruption.  

 

By Tom KILAVI
July 8, 2019