24 Sep 2004

PNG minister wants upgrade of police ombudsman office

1:38 pm on 24 September 2004

Papua New Guinea's Internal Security Minister, Bire Kimisopa, wants the existing police ombudsman office upgraded to something like the Ombudsman Commission.

The minister says it would be expected to deal with police corruption and brutality, and negligent conduct in internal police matters.

The Post-Courier newspaper says Mr Kimisopa raised the matter in a radio interview yesterday.

The paper quotes the minister as saying a stronger office with more powers was needed to ensure police were accountable to the government and the people of PNG.

He said change is needed to some of the things that have been happening in the police force, because there are a few policemen who go about dealing with drugs and weapons and making a complete mockery of the force.