12 May 2015

New PNG Commissioner warns of more changes

8:42 pm on 12 May 2015

The new police commissioner in Papua New Guinea has warned the force will face more changes in its leadership.

Papua New Guinea police officers marching in a parade

Papua New Guinea police officers marching in a parade Photo: Supplied

In the third change in chief in four years, Geoffrey Vaki was sacked and replaced by Gary Baki last week.

Mr Baki himself had been suspended from the police chief role back in 2011.

PNG police have long had disciplinary issues, with officers involved in numerous violent incidents often involving alcohol.

The Police Union has previously said the leadership of the force is too old.

Mr Baki says he agrees and changes will soon follow.

"It's time now that we give opportunities to the younger generation of police officers to come up and take command of the constabulary but they need a commissioner that can mentor them. They need a commissioner that can provide leadership and I believe in myself that I can do that so that two years or three years down the line I can go fully satisfied that I have left the constabulary to the younger generation to take on."

PNG police commissioner Gari Baki.