By Colleen Barilae – EM TV News, Lae
Community leaders from Lae have revealed law and order work at the community level has slowed down because of insufficient funding.
Law and Order Chairman, Sam Oyaya, says works carried out by peace-mediating officers at communities require more logistical assistance.
More than 200 community peace officers scattered over Lae’s Ahi and Lae Urban LLGs help the district weed out petty crime issues and conflicts.
Despite the funding constraints faced, the law and order committees in these areas plan to undertake community awareness training targeting youth in communities.
Two months ago, the committee announced that a community rule, would give a K300 cash reward for reports of anyone producing homebrew.
Part of the community awareness activities this year focuses on the disadvantages of homemade alcohol.
Lae’s law and order chairman is however concerned that there is no transport, allowance and peace mediators’ uniforms available to fully carry out their responsibilities.
Over 200 community peace mediators work daily to maintain order in communities.
It is a role that helps identify crime, and resolves conflict at the community level.
Some of the peace mediators say more can be done if resources are made available.
The community awareness activities will be launched later this year, but will only happen when the district is ready to meet logistical costs.