9 Oct 2006

Tension within PNG police ranks eases

5:07 pm on 9 October 2006

The Papua New Guinea Police Association says tension within the police force has subsided after the arrest of two senior officers in the weekend.

The deputy commissioner and assistant commissioner were arrested for insubordination and causing disaffection within the force, ahead of the appointment of a new police commissioner.

Last month, the former police commissioner Sam Inguba was charged with perverting the course of justice and abuse of office regarding an alleged 1.4 million US dollar fraud, and his contract expired.

Tom Kulunga was then appointed as the acting police commissioner until a permanent appointment to the top job is made.

The president of the Police Association, Robert Ali, says morale within the police force has improved since the acting police commissioner's appointment.

"It appears that everything is OK now and its under control. It was just that the concerns we were raising initially was because there was no command or control until recently when the Acting decided to take those administrative course of action. As a result the tension has subsided and everything is almost swinging back to normalcy."

The president of PNG Police association, Robert Ali.