If you saw the Lae Market police station in 2012, it was a depressing sight. The windows were broken, it was dirty.
Today, the station is a different place. Station Commander, Gordon Matafimo, was moved from the Chinatown station to the market. The station was repaired with help from Lae’s business community.
Last week, station began using CCTV cameras. It is the first trial in Lae City and it is reaping very good results. The camera have become a powerful tool is crime prevention.
“On the first day, we made 20 arrests,” Matafimo said. “They were for petty crimes and traffic offences.”
The CCTV cameras came about as a result of negotiations between the Metropolitan superintendent and members of the Chinese community. They asked how they could assist police and Lae police requested for cameras that would boost police operations.
The cameras record and store up to 40 days of footage. Police can see number plates of vehicles committing traffic offences. They can also identify petty crime offenders, have them arrested within minutes and have the evidence ready to present in court.