The new LNP boss spoke when he appeared as guest on the Capitol Breakfast Club talkshow on Capitol FM 89.7 last Friday, October 7, 2016.
Col. Coleman’s comment comes in the wake of investigations into widespread allegations of senior police officers conniving with criminals to perpetrate crime in the country.
Colonel Coleman promised that his administration will ensure that upon the conclusion of the investigations whatever recommendations that comes out will be strictly followed.
“If they are guilty, they will face the full weight of the laws, if the conclusion comes back and they are charged, I will treat them like any common criminal,” Inspector General Coleman asserted, adding, “we want to build a strong and professional police force and so when the investigation is concluded, whatever recommendation that comes out will be followed”.
Commenting on the capacity building of the LNP, Coleman mentioned he owes to his officers as it is incumbent on him to build a strong system that will appraise officers on the basis of their performance regardless of where ever they are and have them rise through the ranks of the police.
He indicated even though the morale of the police is low and the current look does not represent officers it is the hope and aspiration of the leadership that within the next few months, “we will see some changes of the status and look of officers”.
Speaking on the removal of wayward or Zogos off the streets, Inspector Coleman said that he is cognizant of the fact that wayward people or Zogos are victims of the situation but waiting for the system to be properly put in place before taking action will create more difficulties for the force.
He said letting them to move freely in the streets will only make them to cause more harm against peaceful citizens, like mugging people and stealing valuable items, something he said is making the streets unsafe.
“We are concerned about these guys; we understand that they are victims of the circumstance but we cannot wait for all the components that should be met before we take action or our job will get worse because they have already started mugging and bringing a sense of fear amongst the people so we cannot wait for the system to be fully in place,” he maintained.
“We have a charge to keep and while we are trying to take them off the streets for a safe environment, we are working behind the scenes with the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection, and the mental health team to institute programs along with stakeholders to absorb and accommodate these guys, rehabilitate and put them back into society,” he added.
He called on communities and family member of returning “zogoes” to show them love and welcome them back home.
“But we are warning them to stay away from crimes because we are rolling after crimes with the full proportional force. It will not be excessive but it will be proportional,” Coleman stressed.