2 Dec 2005

Over 200 PNG police officers dismissed from mobile squads in takeover probe

3:28 pm on 2 December 2005

More than 200 officers have been suspended from police mobile squads in Papua New Guinea pending an investigation into their roles in an armed takeover of the national police college last month.

The officers sealed off the Bomana police college and threatened to storm the capital unless they were paid special allowances for providing security at the recent Forum leaders' summit.

Members of mobile squads from the PNG highlands and the port city of Lae have been dispersed to general duties pending an investigation.

The confrontation with police management ended on the fourth of November when cheques for the unpaid allowances were issued.

The PNG police association president Robert Ali says the management wanted to restore discipline.

"We are more particularly concerned with the welfare of the members. But if this is in any way going to affect the welfare of the members then we will assess the circumstances and we'll act accordingly."