Dash cameras to brush up PNG police ‘transparency’, says minister Kramer

PNG new police vehicles
PNG police officers with their new vehicles during the opening of the newly renovated $4.6 million Waigani police station in Port Moresby. Image: Kennedy Bani/The National

By Miriam Zarriga in Port Moresby

Dash cameras have been installed in Papua New Guinea police vehicles to monitor the activities of drivers and officers using them.

Police Minister Bryan Kramer has stressed the importance of using vehicles for work purposes only and not to transport family members or for drinking sprees.

“The days of misusing [police] vehicles are gone,” he said.

“You will be monitored through the dash cams on each of the vehicles and the GPS tracker installed in each of the vehicles.

“Gone are the days of hiding from every complaint laid against you.

“You cannot hide what you are doing.

“It [will be] recorded and accessed by the CCTV operators and the police station commander.”

Waigani police station opening
Kramer attended the opening of the renovated K4.6 million (NZ$2 million) Waigani police station by Prime Minister James Marape last week.

He said there had been reports of some officers using police vehicles for sex, drinking, and transporting women or family members which were an abuse.

PNG police dash cameras
Police dash cameras installed to monitor the activities of drivers and officers using the vehicles. Image: Kennedy Bani/The National

The station was also declared a “station of excellence”.

Kramer said all officers at the station would be wearing the same colour uniforms and have their name tags displayed all the time.

“This is what we want for accountability and transparency,” he said.

The Pacific Media Centre republishes The National articles with permission.

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