Friday, December 16, 2011

Highlands police on high alert

Source: Post Courier, Decemebr 16 2011
By JOHNNY POIYA

WThe police force in the Highlands is on high alert following the political turmoil in the nation’s capital.
Acting divisional commander Teddy Tei yesterday met with his provincial commanders in Mt Hagen and reminded them on the oath every individual officer took to serve the country and cautioned them not to take sides.
Chief Tei urged his men to perform their usual duties and not to get themselves tangled up with the government fiasco.
The PPCs who gathered for a conference with the acting police chief were withdrawn back to their provinces to prepare for any unrest that could be triggered by the political unrest.
“I am warning all police personnel in the Highlands to refrain from taking sides in the current political unrest. We took an oath to serve the country without fear, favour or ill-will and serve with our hearts,” Chief Superintendent Tei said.
He warned that any of his men taking sides would be severely dealt with accordingly.
“What happened with the government’s rank and file and the police hierarchy has nothing to do with police personnel down the line,” he said.
Throughout all the major centres in the region, there were heavy police presence and foot patrols to deal with opportunists taking advantage of the Waigani chaos.
Accept for a protest March in Goroka, the rest of the Highlands was peaceful.

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