Wagambie: Drunks will be arrested, more foot patrols in suburbs & settlements

Police also seeking public suggestions to improve policing


Statement from Anthony Wagambie:

Now that the NATEL 2017 has come to a close, Lae Police will get back into the business of providing better Polcing services for our people.

Our numbers were stretched during the Election period, which has affected our general policing. Now that it is finally over, we will get back into the swing of things.

Police Station Commanders and Unit Commaders have been directed to step up on proactive policing.

This will include:

1. Stepping up of footbeat patrols, not only at shopping centres and bus stops, but also residential areas and settlements.

2. Advertising of our toll free emergency telephone number so that more people in the community have access to Police.

3. The FB page will be utilised more so that the public who have access to information and pass on to others who don’t have FB.

Vice versa, we will be open to the public to give their opinion on how best we can Police our City to meet the needs of the public at large.

4. I plan to strengthen the Sector Response Unit, who have been performing extremely well since its launching. This Unit has made a very big difference since its inception into Lae Metropolitan Command. Response time and attendance to incidences has been fast and effective. With more support, I envisage this getting better.

5. We would like to work more closely with the community to clamp down on homebrew and illegal drugs manufacturing and sales.

6. We will embark on clamping down on unroadworthy vehicles.

7. Drunk and disorderly behaviour by individuals will not be tolerated.

I will be issuing directives for zero tolerance with drunk and disorderly behaviour in public places.

8. We will be reviewing our partnership with the Lae City Council to ensure that street vending and pick pocketing at shopping centres and bus stops is addressed so that we make these areas safe for the public.

10. My management and I have decided that we will embark on engaging certain communities in a Neighbourhood Watch program. This will be further elaborated on in a seperate statement which will be released by my office.

This will be rolled out by Lae Community Policing Unit.

11. We are looking at other partnership programs which we (Police) will engage in to ensure a safer Lae.

I would like to assure the populace of Lae City, our business community and Investors, that we will do our utmost best to ensure a safer community for all.

For Lae Police, I would like us to be more community orientated.

There has been a notable decline in serious crimes in the City, but I still see there is more room for improvement. We cannot do this alone, we (Police) need public support .

I plan to have a public forum in certain parts of the City, with all my Senior officers present, so that we can gauge views from the general public in those areas on how best we can provide the policing services they need.

We the Police , are here to serve .

I would like to see that the name tag always referred to Lae, as a crime hotspot becomes something of the past.

There are other projects which we will roll out in the City within the next couple of weeks.

We need your help, as a community to support and guide us where there is a need, to tailor policing to fit our community needs.

May God Bless us all and keep us Safe, only through Him all things are possible.

Authorised for Release by:

Chief Superintendent Anthony Wagambie (Jnr) DPS

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