Police say there is an increase in drug transportation and rape cases in the Doa area of Central Province.
The lack of manpower, police equipment and transportation continues to slow officers from responding to police tip-offs.
This was revealed by police officers stationed in Doa to their local MP, Peter Isoaimo, when he paid them a surprise visit over the weekend.
This police station was built in the 1980’s and services over 30 rural communities in and around Doa area.
It has five regular police officers, an additional 10 reserved officers and one station commander.
Overloading, drink-driving and fatal accidents are some of the most reported crimes recorded.
But drug transportation and rape cases are the two most common.
One police officer WHO’spoke off camera, told EM TV News that drugs were carried into Central Province from Morobe Province and most of the time, drugs are transported at night.
Since its establishment, the station has seen no regular repair work to maintain the building. There is no water and power supply and the office lacks furniture.
Another police officer explained that due to no water and power supply, much of the work, like recording reported cases, is always done outside the office where there is fresh air.
The station receives power supply from the Rubber Company but only for 4 hours; from 6pm to 10pm.
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