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PNG intra-police shooting indicates continued discipline problems, undermining police ability to counter increasing crime and tribal unrest

18 January 2018

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On 15 January 2018, police officers from Papua New Guinea’s Special Services Directorate mobile squad fired shots at the dog-unit barracks in the police training college at Bomana on the periphery of Port Moresby, reportedly in retaliation for a previous incident. Acting Police Commissioner Jim Andrews indicated that the officers involved were under the influence of alcohol.

Separately, on 8 January Enga Province Governor Peter Ipatas requested that the government empower the Australian Federal Police to carry out investigations, in addition to being granted immunity from local prosecution. Ipatas described the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary as a “liability”; his comments followed an attack against the Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia in Enga Province, during which a group of 50 men armed with machetes established a roadblock to target Injia while he was travelling in a convoy with a police escort.

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