By Sylvester Gawi – EM TV, Madang
Police in Madang town have raised serious concerns over the lack of support they receive in addressing the town’s law and order problems.
Manpower and housing problems are just some of the hardships faced by the police force in Madang.
Housing has been a problem for Madang police officers in the last 10 years.
Their houses are crumbling, and requests for new facilities have received little response so far.
Acting Madang Provincial Police commander, Ben Neneo, says this has greatly affected recruitment of new police officers for the town.
Public safety in Madang town is now a concern for provincial authorities to address in due course.
Petty crimes have been frequent in the town, and many people were harassed and robbed in the last 12 months and the police are doing their best to contain the problem.
Locals have also expressed disappointment about the law and order problems in Madang town.
Illegal settlements in the town have also made it easier for the production of homebrew, which is a major contributing factor towards Madang’s law and order problems.
Police say there is greater need for support from all stakeholders in addressing these problems.
Known as the tourism hub in PNG, Madang has been one of the most visited towns in the Pacific.
The problem has also become a concern for the business community.