The Tent city community in Lae launched its community law and order program yesterday with the aim of restoring law and order in the community.
This follows clashes in neighbouring communities over the last couple of months.
Community leaders believed that the program would greatly assist in providing a free and safe environment for all.
Unlike its neighbouring communities, Tent city has been very quiet over the last couple of months.
Following the launching of the program yesterday, the community will be evicting people who cause problems.
This news has brought much relief to police, as it will help foster a community and police partnership in addressing law and order problems in the community.
Head of Australian Federal Police (AFP) in Lae, Tim Dahlstrom, praised the community’s effort and says it is all about the police and community working together.
Lae Police Boss Ivan Lakatani shared the same sentiments saying police have been outnumbered on many occasions.
He is happy to see the community taking the initiative to address problems in their area.
Overtime, clashes and robberies resulting in killings and houses being burned down have been frequent along the Bumayong to Backroad area.
Morobe Deputy Governor Judas Nalau however challenged community leaders to continue with the program after getting financial assistance.
Nalau says in many cases, leaders go into hiding and the program is left to die out.
Community law enforcers have also called on police and provincial authorities for additional logistics support in assisting them to cover all parts of the community.
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