Two police officers from Gordons police station are among the four men that were apprehended and charged in Kerema Gulf Province by Gulf police after they were found to have left NCD without approval from the head of NCD Police.
NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Perou N’Dranou said Gulf police also found a police fire arm and a shot gun with three rounds in a private vehicle they were using.
The other two civilians are believed to be officers that were recently terminated from the Force.
“They went to Kerema with the intention to do illegal things.”
“Police station commander for Kerema apprehended all four of them and asked for assistance from us and we sent the internal investigation team who brought them back to Port Moresby,”said N’Dranou
N’Dranou said they will be criminally charged based on the facts provided by Kerema Police. He said what the officers displayed was rogue behaviour.
“Let me warn our police officers involved in Christmas & New Year Operations that they must do their job professionally and not to deviate and take trips outside of command with the intention to do illegal activities.”
N’Dranou said they are yet to confirm the officers plan and intention in Kerema, however from his office, he had never authorized any officers to travel out of Port Moresby.
“The police officers were acting suspiciously which prompted Kerema Police to apprehend them.”
“At this time, we don’t know why they were at Kerema, we can’t speculate.”
“However based on the brief statement we got from the Gulf Police, they are now charged for leaving their place of work as well as been in possession of police firearms during their private runs.”
N’Dranou also warned police officers that their actions will be closely monitored by the internal investigation unit even during this peak period and he asked that they conduct themselves professionally at all times.