POLICE in the highlands must stop setting up “illegal” road blocks along the Highlands Highway and “stealing” from the travelling public, highlands divisional commander Teddy Tei said yesterday.
Tei has directed all provincial commanders to monitor and discipline the officers concerned or he would hold them responsible for their officers’ actions.
He said a small number of regular officers were “organising” reservists and auxiliary constables “to set up these illegal road blocks to steal from the public”.
He said the road blocks were set up at odd hours and uniformed police were apparently “forcefully” soliciting money from those they stopped.
These actions had tarnished the name of the force and Tei said he would be conducting patrols along the highway.
“If I catch any illegal road blocks, the PPC concerned will be firmly dealt with.”
Tei, who is also assistant commissioner of police (highlands), was reacting to numerous complaints from the travelling public, especially those using the Eastern Highlands and Chimbu sections of the highway.
He said reservists and auxiliary officers had been directed by the former commissioner to refrain from performing police duties.
They had been recalled for last year’s national elections but should have ceased working and returned to their respective communities by now.
“The conduct of minority regulars through organising such illegal activities, as well as the reservists and auxiliaries involved, are a liability to the constabulary and tarnish its good name,” he said.
Tei said that he had asked his provincial police commanders “for the last time” to direct all police personnels under their command to refrain from such illegal activities or face disciplinary action.
He also called on them to inform their reservists and auxiliaries to refrain from wearing uniforms and report for police duties.
“Normal traffic road blocks will be conducted by traffic officers as usual and not reservists, auxiliaries, and ill-disciplined regulars,” he said.
“PPC’s are to take firm actions on police personnel under their commands for any breaches of this instruction.”
Tei advised the travelling public to report any police who saw fit to set up road blocks and solicit money.
Guys who man these roadblocks just love foreigners too, any foreigner, the money is much better, in the more developed third world countries they hit you u with a ticket for the feeblest of infraction, no not a ticket they expect you to pay later, they expect payment right then and there,,,,