Lae’s Acting Metropolitan Commander Chief Inspector Christopher Kunyanban says much of the police operations in Lae is being supported by the community.
Although they currently face challenges with fuel and vehicle maintenance, they continue to operate with support from business houses, individuals, and also assistance from the Lae City Authority and Provincial government.
According to Mr. Kunyanban, policing would not be effective without the support from the community in Lae.
They have had problems with fixing vehicles however, with the command receiving assistance to service their fleet.
“Our vehicles are currently being serviced by community leaders, that support us with policing, business houses, and individuals… basically police operations currently is community oriented. They are supporting us. Not the National department.”
They have also had issues with fuel shortage, but are also being assisted in this area to continue operations.
This is made possible through the partnerships that the command has.
“The provincial government assisted us with fuel, and also the Lae City Authority did the same.”
Chief Inspector Kunyanban said despite these challenges, the Lae police have continued to operate because of such support.
“We are very much appreciative of their support that is keeping us going. Otherwise we shouldn’t be running this operation because fuel is a very big problem for us.”
By Sharlyne Eri – EMTV News, Lae