Following the completion of the first phase of the Call-out Operation in Hela, Governor, Francis Potape, called for the Australian Federal Police to work in Hela.
Governor Potape said moving forward, Hela needs more police manpower and a better direction with the use of AFP.
Potape believes having the Australian Federal Police in Tari will make a difference.
“Like Lae and Port Moresby, the Australian Federal Police must come work in Tari to help direct police operations in Hela,” said Governor Potape.
Over the past four years, there have been frequent changes in the appointment of the Hela Provincial Police Commander.
Last month, Hela Resident Judge, Justice Martin Ipang, raised the issue of outstanding bench warrants dating back as far as 1992, on which police in Tari failed to make arrests.
Governor Potape says Hela also needs more manpower to maintain law and order after the completion of the Call-out.
A local in Komo says developers like Exxon Mobil should stop recruiting police to guard their camps but help build police houses and support their work in the province.
Police in Hela have also been blamed for aiding warlords to smuggle guns into Hela.