Madang’s Provincial Police Commander has again drawn attention to the need for more housing for policemen and women in Madang.
Chief Superintendent, Sylvester Kalaut, says Madang’s growing population of nearly half a million people, is putting pressure on the 200 men and women tasked to enforce law and order.
While some work has been done to build new houses, there is an ever present need for additional manpower.
Madang is a fast growing town. Its population has ballooned to about 400, 000 in the last ten years. With a lot more people moving in to settle in the province, once seen as peaceful.
While the population is increasing, and crime is on the rise, police numbers has remained relatively static.
Over one year ago, the Provincial Police Commander Chief Superintendent Sylvester Kalaut, inherited an outstanding problem of housing shortage, which is slowly, slowly been resolved.
In recent months, the limits on police resources have been tested again and again. Beautiful Madang and the province have seen some of the horrendous crimes.
The latest, the sorcery related killings of eight people, which they are still investigating.
It’s a similar situation in the Morobe Province. Two hundred police men and women for the whole of Morobe under the Provincial Command, they’re also facing serious housing problems.
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