By Sylvester Gawi- EM TV, Lae
Lae police will be targeting illegal liquor outlets operating in the city in tonight’s New Year operations.
Lae Metropolitan Commander, Ivan Lakatani says that police have confiscated a good number of beer cartons in their Christmas operations and will do the same tonight.
Police will also come down hard on homebrew consumption and drunkards causing nuisance in public.
Police will be conducting their usual foot patrols in search for people who are trying to disturb the New Year celebrations in the city.
Many liquor shops were closed today, but the police say unlicensed resellers will be dealt with accordingly.
During the Christmas operations, Mr Lakatani says about 80 beer cartons were confiscated from an unlicensed reseller.
But while Lae police will be on the lookout for illegal black market beer sellers, homebrew production and consumption is another concern for the public.
In previous months, public holidays and liquor bans have seen many people consuming homebrew.
These have caused many social problems within families and communities and police will not be tolerating such actions.
While there have been no firm word on a possible liquor ban, police will be strictly monitoring the illegal selling of beer in the city.
2014 has been a very challenging year for the police force, with a rise in law and order problems.
Many of them have been fueled by the consumption of homebrew and marijuana.
But as 2014 closes in, police will be out in full force to ensure residents welcome the New Year in a peace and respectful manner.