Cooperation needed to fight transnational crimes, police say

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ASSISTANT Police Commissioner, Border Command, Donald Yamasombi has urged cooperation from expected authorities to combat transnational crimes in the country.
He told a workshop of provincial police commanders, their associates and stakeholders that because there were not much talk about transnational crime issues in the country did not mean that Papua New Guinea was safe.
Yamasombi said such crimes happened at land and sea borders as well as ports, airports and other vulnerable areas.
He said government agents like the Customs, National Fisheries Authority, the law and justice sector and other respected national and international organisations should participate and cooperate to assist police in fighting the issues.
He stressed the need for PNG to establish an effective inter-agency operation within such organisations.
Yamasombi said with fewer than 100 police officers manning an area that had 883,000 people living along three main PNG borders it was to manage the vast land masses and sea areas.
Yamasombi said they could not control such crimes as drug imports or exports in shipping containers, vessels (yachts), people smuggling or trafficking, identity crimes, illegal migrations, logging and fishing, cybercrime and credit card skimming that were specific to Papua New Guinea.
He gave statistics of police officers manning the borders: 80 personnel manning 35 000sqkm with a population of 248,000 at West Sepik, 125 in East Sepik manning a 43,000sqkm of land with 433,000 people and only 40 were looking after 98,000sqkm with 21,000 people in Western province.
“We only have police stations at main areas in the provinces but along the borders, there are no police posts to monitor the transactions of people and things,” Yamasombi said.

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