by Colleen Barilae – EM TV News, Lae
The Morobe Police Regional Command has been struggling with logistics to staff eight rural districts in one of the country’s biggest provinces.
Provincial Police Commander, Kaiglo Ambane, says a windfall of funds is needed to increase the regional command reach into the eight districts and police operations need more vehicles and manpower.
At the official presentation today of vehicles to the Morobe Police Command, Chief Superintendent Kaiglo Ambane says logistics and manpower have been areas the police force are focusing on.
The command needs vehicles to deploy manpower and carry out patrols in remote areas of the Morobe Province.
According to the UN standards, Chief Superintendent Kaiglo Ambane says the standard ratio of a policeman or woman should be 1:445.
Morobe has slightly over 400 police personnel maintaining law and order across its eight districts.
The three new patrol vehicles will add to the existing two vehicles present at the provincial command.
The PPC said the Provincial Command would be improved in the years to come.
However, it will only happen if funding is made available to improve logistics and infrastructure, including a new Regional Headquarters.
The present Headquarters is a rental office leased from the Morobe Regional Works division for the past 30 years.