By Fabian Hakalits – EM TV, Port Moresby
The McGregor Police Barracks, situated on the outskirts of Port Moresby is home to officers’ serving under the Special Services Division (SSD) – the mobile unit and the National Protection Unit of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.
Constable Mange recently became a resident at the barracks and has observed, and brought to light various issues that affect children and youths residing within the barracks.
He highlighted the lack of parental guidance over children, as a major problem in the barracks.
First Constable, Thomson Mange has the desire to initiate change and support those in the community to lead and live positive lives in society.
Speaking at the official opening of the McGregor Barracks Sport Tournament, he said the perception that people have of police officers’ children being undisciplined, must change.
Such tags don’t reflect life and individuals must start to make a change in their communities.
Most officers, especially fathers of those children, spend most of their time working outside of Port Moresby, away from their families in areas like mines, attending to their call of duties.
Initiating sporting activities is one catalyst that can change attitudes and approaches.
Since the inception of the rugby tournament in the last three weeks, it has brought much good to the community.
Round one began with the tournament theme ‘Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle ‘, sponsored by Bang 36 Transport Limited.
Constable Mange and the tournament organising committee appealed to parents to support their children.