Community needs Police

by Jacob Niru – EMTV Port Moresby

Dealing with serious crimes prevalent in local communities, is becoming very difficult for those authorities on the ground, as they lack manpower and equipment.

Councillors and peace officials who address issues at the lowest level, are becoming powerless and are calling onto police to intervene.

This was revealed yesterday by lone working peace officials after a double murder recently at Brown River in the Kairuku Hiri District in the Central Province.

The killings and countless numbers of law and order issues now becoming more common in the village have never been addressed by police, or any concerned authorities.

The people of this part of Central Province say, there is hardly any police presence, which makes the problems, more difficult to deal with.

This year, the village has seen about eight deaths, most of which were alcohol-related.

Brown River Village Court Chairman, John Bana, and Peace officer Karoro Kavo, are village peace keepers.

The peace officials said the Brown River community is made up of Morobeans, Sepik, Oro and Central people. But the crimes are mostly committed by youths from Goilala.

They have raised their concerns to their local MP and Central police to address the issues.

The leaders further said if the national government wants to strengthen its law and order policy, it must look into many local communities who face similar issues.

Jacob Niru is a UPNG Journalism Student

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