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87 Police Dismissed For Brutality Since 2010 In PNG
318 ‘serious instances’ recorded last year alone

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Feb. 21, 2013) – Eighty-seven officers have been dismissed from Papua New Guinea’s police force between 2010 and 2012 as the police hierarchy takes a tough zero tolerance stance on police brutality.

Another 73 were demoted for similar reasons, according to an information paper presented to MPs at a police forum.

Police violence has become a major issue with hardly a weekend passing without one instance of violence perpetrated by officers.

The information paper says police have a zero-tolerance policy on police brutality and the commissioner takes the issue seriously.

The report says that in 2010, 325 serious disciplinary offences reports and 27 minor ones. Twenty officers were dismissed and 42 were demoted.

In 2011, 305 reports of serious offences and 45 minor ones were reported which resulted in 21 dismissals and13 demotions.

In 2012, 318 serious offences were recorded resulting in 46 dismissals.

"In almost all of these instances, the members were charged both criminally and administratively for various offences committed including sexual penetration, serious assault, stealing by false pretence and bribery," the paper said.

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