12 Dec 2005

PNG police, facing thousands of civil suits, receive training to improve conduct

7:25 pm on 12 December 2005

Civil court cases being brought again the Papua New Guinea Police Constabulary could cost the country up to two hundred million US dollars.

The Post Courier newspaper reports that the police legal services division revealed this during a civil litigation workshop over the weekend.

The workshop, in Mt Hagen, was told that police related matters accounted for 53 percent of all civil cases brought against the State over the last 30 years.

Acting Chief Superintendent Hodges Ette says the police have more than three thousand cases pending against them.

He says if the cases succeed the police could face a bill of hundreds of millions.

Superintendent Ette says, with the assistance of the Australian government aid agency, AUSaid, they are trying to improve police conduct and reduce the number of incidents that could spark even more claims.