Lae’s Community Policing unit is carrying out a 2-week awareness program in all city schools and the community on issues of law and order affecting the city.
Officer in Charge of Community policing, Senior Sergeant, Alois Gabuor, attributed most deaths, destruction to properties, and disturbances in the city to the production and consumption of illicit drugs, and homebrew.
He added, it is vital that police, including other stakeholders play an active role in educating the younger generation and the general public.
The team comprised of Lae’s Community Policing unit and Correctional Service officers from the Juvenile section. The visit started at St Martin’s and Milford Heaven Primary schools.
Officer in charge, Senior Sergeant, Alois Gabuor, says the awareness is conducted to educate the students on the Lukautim Pikinin Act, Juvenile Justice Act, health and other relevant topics.
It is hoped that the students will start conversations amongst their peers and family members over the impending school holidays.
Grade 6 student of Milfordhaven Primary school, Chelsea Kisokau, says she is pleased with the awareness. As it not only informs them of the effects of these illegal wares but it also warns them to keep away from these substances.
The awareness will be conducted in all primary and secondary schools in the city.
A community awareness program is also planned to be conducted during the weekend.