The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) is committed to keeping communities safe and fighting crime in Papua New Guinea. If you need to report a crime, the following steps will guide you through the process:
- Call the emergency services number: If the crime is happening now or you are in immediate danger, call the emergency services number, which is 18001000 (for other provinces find here) for police, ambulance, and fire services.
- Visit a police station: If the crime is not an emergency, visit the nearest police station and speak to the officer in charge (OIC). They will take down a report of the crime and start an investigation.
- Provide detailed information: When reporting a crime, it is important to provide as much detail as possible. This will include the date, time, and location of the crime, a description of the suspects, and any other relevant information.
- Provide evidence: If you have any evidence, such as photographs, videos, or witnesses, bring them with you to the police station. This will help the police to build a stronger case.
- Wait for follow-up: After reporting a crime, the police will start an investigation. You may be asked to come back to the police station for further questioning or to provide additional information.
- Keep in touch with the police: Throughout the investigation, it is important to keep in touch with the police. They will keep you informed of the progress of the case and let you know if they need any more information from you.
- File a complaint: If you are unhappy with the police response, you have the right to file a complaint with the RPNGC Professional Standards and Internal Affairs Directorate. This department is responsible for investigating complaints of misconduct by police officers.
It is important to note that reporting a crime is not only your civic duty, but it also helps the RPNGC to fight crime and keep communities safe.