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March 9, 2021
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Finschhafen Police Reservist Project

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A memorandum of understanding was signed yesterday between the Member for Finschhafen, Theo Zurenuoc, and Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki, for a police reservist program.

Only 6 policemen serve more than 200, 000 people in Finschhafen District and this program is expected to boost that number and employ youth to take responsibility for their communities.

 

Commissioner Vaki said even though the country’s police reservist operations had become obsolete, due to directions from his predecessor; the outcomes from this program will benefit Finschhafen’s vision of law and order.

 

A submission on the project was given to Finschhafen’s Joint District Planning and Budget Priorities Committee, which was requested by the local MP and Parliament Speaker, Theo Zurenuoc.

 

The Committee allocated K100, 000 from their law and order justice sector account as seed capital.

 

This project goes hand in hand with a recent K2 million allocation from the RPNGC to build a new police station in Finschhafen. The man behind the initiative is a senior constable and officer in charge of police prosecutions at Finschhafen, Moisa Kueng.

 

He saw the need for additional police personnel due to high crime rates in rape, murder, abuse and sale of marijuana.

 

Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki explained the regression of the police reservist operations in PNG but said the people of Finschhafen can look forward to better police manpower under this program. It is set to commence in mid-September.

 

The current ratio in the country stands at 1 policeman to 1, 250 people as per United Nations ratings.

 

PNG’s growing population, the rise of criminal activities in urban and rural communities, along with criminals harbouring their operations in rural isolated areas, calls for a nationwide police improvement.

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