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Arrest incentives unlikely to improve poor police conduct in PNG; conflict with tribal groups likely in cities and near resource projects

10 January 2019
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On 7 January, Chief Superintendent Perou N’Dranaou, head of police in Papua New Guinea’s National Capital District, indicated that a new scheme that provides financial incentives to meet monthly arrest targets would be implemented in the PNG capital Port Moresby.

The decision follows the revelation at a December 2018 PNG Police Commissioner Conference that there were more than 8,000 cases of police assaults outstanding in PNG’s court system, and escalating indications of police violence during the past three months. For instance, in early December 2018 in Milne Bay Province, a police mobile squad burned 17 houses after accusing a local community of involvement with a gang.

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