About PAPUA NEW GUINEA CORRECTIONAL SERVICES

General Information about the Papua New Guinea Correctional Service.

THE CONSTITUTION OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA

2009 Commanders Conference at Hideaway Hotel, 6Mile, Port Moresby

Stephen POKANIS was appointed Acting Commissioner on 24th September 2018. His appointment was made by the Head of State, the Governor General of Papua New Guinea upon advise from Minister for Public Service under NEC delegated powers and Minister for PNG Correctional Service under Section 13 of Correctional Service Act of 1995 (Amended).

DEPARTMENTAL STATUS & LEGISLATION

Buimo CI, Lae, MP

CS gained national departmental status on 28th February 1985. Since 1957, when the Corrective Institutions Service (CIS) was established under the CIS Act, Chapter 63, it had always been a unit of a Government department – Native Affairs and Justice. CS is established as a state service under Section 188(2) of the National Constitution and as a discipline force, beside the Papua New Guinea Defence Force and the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, under Section 207 of the Constitution.

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

MR. STEPHEN POKANIS OBE, DCS

ACTING COMMISSIONER

Stephen POKANIS was appointed Acting Commissioner on 24th September 2018. His appointment was made by the Head of State, the Governor General of Papua New Guinea upon advise from Minister for Public Service under NEC delegated powers and Minister for PNG Correctional Service under Section 13 of Correctional Service Act of 1995 (Amended).

MR. MICHAEL MOSIRI, DCS

ACTING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, CORPORATE SERVICES

Michael MOSIRI was appointed Acting Deputy Commissioner, Corporate Services in 2018. His appointment was made by the Acting Commissioner for Correctional Service under Section 13 of Correctional Service Act of 1995 (Amended). He oversees the Corporate Services Division which comprises of Personnel, Finance & Administration, Policy, Planning & Evaluation etc.

MR. DENNIS PIANDI DCS

DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, OPERATIONS

Dennis PIANDI was appointed Deputy Commissioner – Operations in 2015. His appointment was made by Commissioner for PNG Correctional Service under Section 13 of Correctional Service Act of 1995 (Amended). He oversees the Operations Division which comprises of Southern Region Command, Islands Region Command, Northern Region Command and etc.

FORMER CS EXECUTIVES

MR. Henry J. Wavik MBE

Assistant Commissioner, Southern Region



During my employment, I have served under ten (10) national Commissioners. In 1974 when I joined the PNG Correctional Service, we had the first national Commissioner, Mr. Wilfred Timon Bai from Bukawa in the Morobe Province who succeeded the colonial Commissioner Mr. John Pesall in 1973 who succeeded the first ever-Correctional Service Commissioner Mr. Malcolm English who was the first commissioner when Correctional Service was incepted. The national reigns started with Commissioner Wilfred Timo Bai who later had trouble with the law and left in 1975 and the government appointed Commissioner Leo Kuaball from Chimbu province, he was a trained military officer before that executive appointment. After Kuaball left the former Commissioner of Police, Henry Tokam became the Commissioner and then another former Police Commissioner Pious B. Kerepia was appointed commissioner and we had Francis Gesa appointed from the Correctional Service ranks and was replaced by Commissioner Sam Nuakona who was also an Assistant commissioner of police at the time of the appointment. Ken Serupi from the correctional Service ranks succeeded Nuakona, Serupi was Assistant commissioner in charge of Finance and Richard Sikani succeeded him. Richard Sikani was the longest serving Commissioner in the history of PNG Correctional Service, he was a well-groomed and oriented correctional officer. Richard Sikani attained a Master’s Degree in criminology from the Monash University in Melbourne-Australia. He served a record eleven (11) years plus as the Commissioner of PNG Correctional Service and was succeeded by Martin Balthazar during the Somare/O’Neil governments’ political impasse in 2012. Martin Balthazar did not last long, he passed on in 2013. Following the passing of late Commissioner Martin Balthazar, Michael Waipo was appointed Commissioner in 2014 and his four years contract came to completion in September 2018. Within my forty-four years of active service, I have served under ten different national Commissioners; six were home grown, three from the Police and one from the Military. From the inception of Correctional Service as a national department, we had twelve (12) Commissioners including the two colonial Commissioners. The national officers who were duly promoted and served at the executive level as Deputy Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners according to my human archives included, Deputy Commissioners Andy Siure, Joseph Apau, Mathew Jaran, Napao Namane, Lawrence Kanawi, Kelly Karella, Girubane Moihau, Henry Wavik, Dominic ToMar, David Melenge, Steven Pokanis and Dennis Piandi while the Assistant Commissioners were Andrew Dambui, Francis Nomelia, Vagi Toua, John Tara, Godfred Nigints, David Kanumbom, Mathew Himsa, Solomon Kai, Philip Eka, Molly Moihau, Michael Mosiri, David Suagu and Joseph Jako. Andrew Dambui, Martin Balthazar, David Melenge, Molly Moihau and Joseph Jako passed on during their tenure in office. Source: An extract from the Autobiography (“From the Village” - unpublished) by Henry J. Wavik MBE

SENIOR MANAGEMENT

MR. DAVID SUAGU

ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER - POLICY, PLANNING & EVALUATION

Mr. David Suagu was appointed Assistant Commissioner in 2016. Mr. Suagu joined PNGCS on 04th January 1993. Mr. Suagu is a career Corrections officer who has worked his way up to his current designation. Mr. Suagu has over 20 years of experience in Corrections administration operations, process and procedures. He currently heads the Policy & Planning, ICT, Facilities, and Public Relations Sections within the organization. He is also a member of the Correctional Service Executive Team (CSET).

MR. MICHAEL MOSIRI DCS

ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER - PERSONNEL, FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION

Mr. Michael Mosiri was appointed Assistant Comissioner in 2014. Mr. Mosiri joined PNGCS on 05th April, 1976. Mr. Mosiri is a career Corrections officer and has worked his way up over the years to his current designation. Mr. Mosiri has over 40 years of experience as a Corrections administrator and he currently heads the Personnel, Finance and Administrations divisions of the organization which are made up of; Finance, HR, and CSHQ Administration. He is also a member of the Correctional Service Executive Team (CSET).

MR. DAVID KANUMBOM DCS

ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER - HIGHLANDS REGION

Mr. David Kanumbom was appointed Assistant Commissioner - Highlands Region in 2014. Mr. Kanumbom joined PNGCS on 27th June 1975. He is a career Corrections officer and has worked his way up over the years to his current designation. Mr. Kanumbom has over 40 years of experience in Corrections administration, operations process and procedures. He currently manages all jails within the Highlands Region of Papua New Guinea. These jails are; Baisu CI (WESTERN HIGHLANDS PROVINCE), Bui-Eibi CI (SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS PROVINCE), Mukrumanda CI (ENGA PROVINCE), Bihute CI (EASTERN HIGHLANDS PROVINCE), Bundaira CI (EASTERN HIGHLANDS PROVINCE), Barawagi CI (SIMBU PROVINCE) and Hawa CI (HELA PROVINCE). He is also a member of the Correctional Service Executive Team (CSET).

MR. PHILIP EKA DCS

ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER - ISLANDS (NGI) REGION

Mr. Philip Eka was appointed Assistant Commissioner – Islands (NGI) Region in 2014. Mr. Eka joined PNGCS on 01st July 1974. Mr. Eka is a lawyer by profession and a former court Magistrate. Mr. Eka has over 40 years of experience in Corrections administration, operations process and procedures. He currently manages all jails within the New Guinea Islands Region of Papua New Guinea. These jails are; Kerevat CI (EAST NEW BRITAIN PROVINCE), Lakiemata CI (WEST NEW BRITAIN PROVINCE), Kavieng CI (KAVIENG PROVINCE), Manus CI (MANUS PROVINCE), and Beku CI (AUTONOMOUS REGION OF BOUGAINVILLE). He is also a member of the Correctional Service Executive Team (CSET).

MR. HENRY WAVIK MBE

ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER - SOUTHERN REGION

Mr. Henry Joseph Wavik was appointed Assistant Commissioner – Southern Region in 2014. Mr. Wavik joined PNGCS on 18th March 1974. Mr. Wavik is a career Corrections officer and has worked his way up over the years to his current designation. Mr. Wavik has over 40 years of experience in Corrections administration, operations process and procedures. He currently manages all jails within the Southern Region of Papua New Guinea. These jails are; Bomana CI (NCD), Giligili CI (MILNE BAY), Biru CI (ORO PROVINCE), Daru CI (WESTERN PROVINCE), and Ningerum CI (WESTERN PROVINCE). He is also a member of the Correctional Service Executive Team (CSET).