Police in PNG capital to receive arrest incentives

3:38 pm on 7 January 2019

Papua New Guinea's capital city is set to experience a new campaign to deter petty crime.

The National Capital District's metropolitan police commander said officers will soon receive financial incentives to meet monthly arrest targets in Port Moresby.

Papua New Guinea police officers marching in a parade

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Chief Superintendent Perou N'Dranou said petty criminals in the National Capital District are often discharged without appearing in court only to offend again.

Mr N'Dranou said the new scheme will reward officers for achieving set monthly arrest numbers and gives them the discretion to target the worst repeat offenders.

He said incentives will be paid to individual officers on a monthly basis ranging from 200 to 500 kina depending on the police unit.

Perou N'Dranou said correct paperwork must accompany each arrest.

He said comprehensive police files are needed in court prosecutions and should prove a deterrent.

Mr N'Dranou said the paperwork should also provide a deterrent to police officers attempting to violate the system for personal gain.

He said the scheme will be rolled out as soon as systems are in place.