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Pacific Games: Increase in crime sends out negative signals

As Port Moresby prepares to host the Pacific Games next year, bad publicity may send the wrong signal to visiting countries.

The string of crime, rape and murder cases in the nation’s capital is increasing, which could negatively affect the mind set of participating nations.

NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Andy Bawa called on city residents to behave, saying police manpower is still below average. As the 2015 Pacific Games approaches, host city Port Moresby is now under the spotlight.

Visiting Pacific countries are closely watching the events happening in Port Moresby in the lead up to the Pacific Games in July next year. 

The string of bad publicity, including rape, murder and petty crimes, may have a negative impact on the turn up of participating countries.

NCD’s metropolitan superintendent said in a media conference today that police manpower is below average and their presence cannot be seen everywhere in maintaining law and order.

The city currently has less than 600 police officers. Mr Bawa said it needs approximately 2,000 police officers to maintain law and order in Port Moresby. Mr Bawa is appealing to city residents to behave and refrain from unethical behaviour.

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