(Report by Police Media Officer, Andrew Philip.)
A female officer was amongst seven officers promoted recently by Police Commissioner David Manning at the Police Headquarters in the National Capital District.
The female is Mt Hagen Police Station Commander, Policewoman Inspector Maureen Undaba, who was elevated to the rank of Senior Inspector.
Six of the seven officers flew into Port Moresby yesterday from around the country to receive their promotion. The seven are:
· NCD Metropolitan Commander Chief Inspector Silva Sika to Superintendent;
· Western Highlands Provincial Police Commander Superintendent John Sagom to Chief Superintendent;
· Simbu Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector Epenes Nili to Superintendent;
· North Fly acting Provincial Police Commander Senior Inspector Oena Afeke to Chief Inspector and confirmed as PPC North Fly;
· Porgera Police Station Commander Senior Inspector Martin Kelei to Chief Inspector; and
· Rural Commander Eastern Highlands Province Inspector Benae Neneo to Senior Inspector.
Commissioner Manning in his remarks said the Executive Management has made a collective and deliberate attempt in the recent promotion to ensure that the right people were placed in the right positions.
Mr Manning told the newly promoted officers that, “We have seen the potential that you have and this is just a push along to make sure to keep you all focused, keep you all motivated…Promotions are one thing, qualifying courses will come.”
Mr Manning said the decision to acknowledge their performance, and commitment to deliver on expectations as well as providing the leadership is basically an attempt to fill the critical gaps that has crept into the Constabulary over the years.
Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Operations Philip Mitna said the elevation comes with more responsibility and expectations from the executive management for them to deliver.
He told the officers to provide the leadership and support to their subordinates and deliver the policing services at the district and provincial level.