Lae Metropolitan Command looking towards a New Communication Centre

By Julie Badui Owa – EMTV News, Lae

The Lae Metropolitan Command is aiming to build a new communication centre as police are now on the edge of increasing its connectivity with the public.

Lae Metropolitan Commander Chief Superintendent, Anthony Wagambie, says currently the communication centre is operating out of a small run-down office space which is manned 24/7 with rotational shifts. After the installation of police emergency toll free number and Facebook page, they are now looking at launching the police and security radio networking. This will see an increase in the workload in the communication section. The police emergency toll free number is catered for including daily police operations; the centre also caters for the monitoring and deployment of vehicles for tasks.

Lae Metropolitan Commander, Chief Superintendent Anthony Wagambie, stated that Lae will be increasing connectivity with the public with the increased use of the toll-free number and other initiatives that will be launched soon. All new police vehicles will have GPS installed and police are also looking at installing GPS to other police vehicles.

The Metropolitan Command will also put in CCTV at the main market area soon with plans to extend to the town bus stop. The Metropolitan Commander is also planning to put CCTV system in populated areas within the command that will also be monitored from the police operations centre.

The Lae Metropolitan Commander is working closely with the Divisional Commander for Northern Region, AFP attached to Lae, Member for Lae and other stakeholders.

The new communication centre building can be properly equipped for its intended purpose; the new service will not only cater for Lae City but extend to Morobe, Madang and Eastern Highlands. This will allow members of the public to report any incidences if they cannot get through their local police so Lae police can assist and pass on the information to police to attend.