20 Dec 2006

PNG Government considers recruiting foreigner as Police Chief

8:06 pm on 20 December 2006

Papua New Guinea's Government may consider recruiting a foreigner to head its police force because of the current instability within the force.

The Post Courier reports that top Government advisers say the National Executive Council is looking at the possibility of recruiting an Australian or Briton to head the police force as the commissioner.

Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare is reported to have said he would prefer a Briton.

Government advisers also said that a submission would be made to the NEC in the New Year for a law covering recruitment and termination of disciplined force members.

They say the new law will state that any member of the Police and Defence forces and Correctional Service cannot re-apply or be re-employed by the forces once they resign, complete a required term of service, are retrenched or terminated.

The NEC has approved Gari Baki as the new police commissioner, but with the knowledge that there was a court case before him.

Senior officers in the constabulary have objected to the appointment and launched a court action calling for it to be revoked.