Police Minister Hon Bryan Kramer paid a surprise visit to four of the ten police stations within the National Capital District on Tuesday night.
Minister Kramer was accompanied by Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police and Chief of Police Operations Mr David Manning and Director of Internal Affairs Chief Superintendent Robert Ali.
The intent of the visit was for the Police Minister to observe and monitor how police at each police station operated at night. The team commenced their visit at the Port Moresby Police Station and proceeded onto Badili, Hohola and finished at the Gordons Police station.
Minister Kramer had the chance to have a one-on-one discussion with shift members in-charge at each station and they shared the hardships they face at their place of work on a daily basis.
The majority of the issues encountered during the visit were lack of transport for pickup and drop-offs, lack of occurrence books to register complaints, lack of weapons and non-issue of police uniforms. At some stations with no transport for pickup, members for next shift such as the mid-night shift (11pm-7am) had to make their own way to their respective stations during daytime and stayed around until their night shift commenced.
In response to the challenges they encountered Minister Kramer assured them that he will ensure APEC buses are donated to the Police department to be used for pickup and drop-offs. He promised to address the other concerns in a timely manner as well.
Minister Kramer also raised concerns of cell blocks to be refurbished and divided into male, female and juvenile holding cells. He intends to visit in the immediate future, the six other NCD stations that were not yet visited.