(Report by Police Media Officer Constable Sylvester Wemuru.)
A 25-years old woman and two men were arrested by police in Port Moresby at the Rita Flynn Courts for producing fake documents while going through the recent police recruitment process.
The incident happened on April 5. The complainant in this matter, Assistant Commissioner of Police Human Resources Samson Siguyaru, alleged that the suspects were amongst other NCD, Central and Gulf candidates who were shortlisted for screening at the Rita Flyn Courts for cadet and regular police training.
The shortlisted candidates were to produce original documents during the screening process, such as birth certificates, Grade 12 or higher school Certificates, National Identification Card, and Police Clearance Certificates.
The suspects were amongst more than 3,900 shortlisted applicants for NCD, Central and Gulf who were asked to provide the required documents at the Rita Flynn Courts Indoor Complex on April 5.
Officers from the recruitment agency, Head Hunters, the PNG Civil & Identity Registry, and the Measurement Services Division of the Education Department, as well as police were included in the process to check and authenticate the required documents.
Four of the applicants allegedly produced fake grade 12 certificates and were detained by the screening team at the screening venue and handed over to detectives from the NCD Criminal Investigation Division who arrested them and took them to the Boroko Police Station for questioning.
Another four were also arrested and taken to the Police station for suspected false documentation but one escaped. Four were eventually cleared at the station whilst the woman and the two men were formally arrested and charged.
According to CID officers the three were arrested and charged with one count each for Forgery under Section 462 and Uttering under Section 463 of the Criminal Code Act and were detained at the Boroko Police Station cell.
The three suspects (named) are from Gomia village in Chimbu province, Komba village in Enga province, and Yame village in the Southern Highlands province. All were given police bail.