Royal Papua and New Guinea Constabulary







Early Kokopo Police Station
Kokopo Police Station
                         Port Moresby Police Station

Wau Police Station 1941 New Guinea Police Force (L-R) WO Haviland, Gluyas, Insps Steeples and Watson
 Wau Police Station Pre War
 Goroka   Police    Station 1966







Positions In New Guinea Police Force

CANBERRA. May19. 1938

Applications from persons wishing to join

 a 'waiting list' for positions in New Guinea

are invited in today's 'Commonwealth Gazette.'

Successful applicants may eventually be

appointed as warrant officers in the European

constabulary branch of ihe New Guinea police force.

The salary range for these positions is from

 £366 to £456 a year, and uniforms are provided

 by the administration. The Government is seeking

men from a wide range, as it is stated that previous

 police, prison, or permanent naval, military,

or air force service will be regarded qualifications.



X Historical - Event - Governor - General, Lord Dunrossil at the opening of the New Guinea

 Legislative Council of the Territory of Papua-New Guinea, in Port Moresby, on october 17, 1960.



The Canberra Times Tuesday 25 March 1975  



Most of the top echelon of the Papua New Guinea Police Force, comprising permanent expatriate officers, has resigned, it is understood. The 19 officers will all leave their posts by mid-July and return to Australia, with bumper "golden handshakes" after a total of 364 years' experience in Papua New Guinea. Those leaving are said to be the Commissioner, Mr. Brian Holloway, the Assist Commissioner, Mr. J. Graham, two Senior Superintendents seven Superintendents, and eight Inspectors, leaving, only four permanent expatriate officers in senior posts. IL is understood most of the officers have resigned to take advantage of the terms of a Government - Commissioned report adopted by the House of Assembly in 1973. The report, on the future of permanent expatriate public servants, gave the officers the option of leaving with maximum benefits on June 30 or at independence, whichever came first. Their departure will leave 55 expatriate contract officers, recruited from Australian police forces, to serve the remainder of their ' terms, in Papua, New Guinea. Government sources said most of the posts vacated by the expatriates would be filled' by Papua- New Guineans, including the office of commissioner.











Patrol vehicles  at Port Moresby Station 








Mr. A. G. Rackemann, formerly a detective-constable at Cairns, leaves by plane with his wife and family to-day to take up duty' as a sub-inspector with the. New Guinea, police force. In two and a half years of criminal investigations at Cairns and. other centres in the district, Mr. Rackemann has figured prominently in some of the most important cases to come before the courts in the North. While he has been in North Queensland his investigations have led to arrests on practically every kind of charge.As a police officer he has seen service in. Brisbane, Atherton, Cloncurry and Cairns. He joined the force as a uniformed constable, but was later transferred to the Criminal Investigation Branch. He was a member of the Company Squad.

During the war he was based at Atherton with the Mobile Squad and on its disbandment came to Cairns' as a detective. Members of the CLB. office at Cairns, ' most of whom have worked with Mr. Rackemann on various cases here, made a presentation to him yesterday afternoon.




Port Moresby Police Station in 1965, which shows John Harborne (seated),
           Kevin Wilkinson (standing) and Bruce Swanton (also seated).




        New Guinea Police Service

"Inquirer" asks for particulars regarding the conditions of service, rates of pay, etc., in the New Guinea Police Force.

Answer: I am courteously informed by Mr J. R. Halligan, Secretary of the Prime Minister's Department, that all appointees to the New Guinea Police Force are required to serve a probationary period of 12 months, at the expiration of which the appoint ment may be confirmed or annulled, or the probationary period may be ex tended for a further 12 months. Subject to satisfactory service and the passage of a medical examination!' an appointment may be confirmed at any time during the period of probation.

No minimum physical standard has been prescribed, but a selected ap plicant is required to undergo a strict medical examination by a medical officer nominated by this Department.

After 21 months' service in the Territory, 3 months' leave of absence on full pay may be granted, and there after 3 months' leave may. be granted within each succeeding 2 years of service. ■

The rate of salary paid to a Warrant Officer of Police, 2nd Class, is mini mum £3GG, rising by annual increments of £9 to ; a maximum of £447; while that paid to a Warrant Officer, 1st Class, is minimum £411, rising by annual increments of £9 to £492. Appointments are made at the minimum salary of each Class. Free uniforms are provided by the Administration.

The fare of an appointee from' Australia to the Territory is paid by the New Guinea Administration, but in the event of the appointee not remaining in the service of the' Ad ministration for 12 months, he may be required to refund the cost of his passage from Australia to the Territory. Unfurnished quarters,, suitable for a single man only, are provided by the Administration, but a deduction from the salary for rent is made in accordance with the scale laid down. The deduction for such quarters in Rabaul is £G per annum. An appointee would, in the first instance, be stationed in Rabaul, but then may be required to perform duty in any part of the Territory.




The Port Moresby Fire Brigade and Fire Station Operated by the RP&NGC 1952 Tom Donnelly was the fire officer of the day

Graham Watkins at  parade  Rabaul Police Station          





and at Kokopo Police Station with staff 



 Kerema Police Station


Port Moresby Police Station





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