by Eric Haurupma – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Police Commissioner, Gary Baki, said the recent upgrading of Wapenamanda Police Station and the Police Barracks is primarily thanks to the strong ties between the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) and political leaders.
Commissioner Baki said this following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the PNGRC and District Development Authority (DDA) officials in Wapenamanda recently.
It consolidates the major works between these two organisations in terms of effectively carrying out policing in the area.
This partnership saw the recent upgrading of Wapenamanda Police Barracks, the police station and the newly constructed police amoury.
A minute received by EMTV News today containing details of this agreement, stating the core areas of objectives, will be achieved through this partnership.
Commissioner Baki said through this MOU the Wapenamanda DDA would help the RPNGC to enhance police capacity to effectively carry out their constitutional duties and operations.
It also signifies a mutual understanding between these organisations in terms of support, so that police service will be maintained throughout the district.
He said the government wants to ensure there is accountability and transparency in the police force and that police assets and resources should be available to address law and order issues.
Minister Rimbink Pato said this would pave the way for other infrastructure developments to come into the area, like health services, education, rural investments and markets.