Police recruitment in Hela will soon commence following the approval of a new payroll structure by the Department of Personnel Management.
Hela Governor Phillip Undialu says this will stop the practise of paying about 3 million every year spent for importing police and PNG Defence Force into the province for security operations.
Over 500 positions will be advertised for police placement in Hela.
Governor Phillip Undialu says law and order have been an ongoing issue and crippling government services. He says the new police payroll structure will cut unnecessary spending on the deployment of security forces into the province. “ This is a relief for the Provincial Government who has been spending millions that cater for the deployment of outside security forces to curb lawlessness”, said Undialu.
DPM has approved the payroll structure for about 500 police to be stationed in the province to serve. The formal process will commence then positions will be advertised.
“The Department is ready to assist Hela in this process so police officers are recruited internally and externally will be stationed in the province to serve the province, “said DPM Secretary Taies Sansa.
According to Governor Undialu, there are plans to start building a number of police barracks and a PNGDF engineering battalion in the province.
Work is planned to start by this year.