25 Jun 2013

Crackdown on police brutality halting police work, says official

8:35 pm on 25 June 2013

A senior Papua New Guinea policeman says a clamp down on police brutality is preventing officers from carrying out their duties.

The National reports the Madang provincial police commander Sylvester Kalaut says there is no protection for his men when they face brutality charges.

He was speaking during a protest march by the legal fraternity in Madang over increasing lawlessness sparked by the attack on local judge Justice David Cannings.

Mr Kalaut says police sacrifice for others but then they are brought to court for breaching human rights laws and that prevents them from performing their duties to fully satisfy community expectations.

He also says the demand for police is high but the ratio of officers to the population is highly disproportionate.