Police preparing for Xmas op

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DEPUTY police commissioner Jim Andrews yesterday said that police throughout the country are preparing for Christmas and New Year operations.
Andrews said that he has issued instructions to the Central/National Capital District, Southern, Border, Mamose and Highlands (Western and Eastern regions) divisional commanders for preparation for the festive operation.
“They are now submitting their operation costs and funding to the police headquarters in Port Moresby and will be allocated to each divisions respective to their operational costs. Police will be out in full force from mid December to early January. We will make sure that people don’t have problems. We want people to enjoy the festive season,” Andrews said.
Andrews said that he has instructed East Sepik police commander Supt Peter Philip to go to Ambunti district to check out and get reports of routes used by gun and drug smugglers along the PNG-Indonesian border.
“Guns are coming through the Sepik River and going to the Highlands. Smugglers are using dinghies to travel on the small tributaries into the Sepik River and the bush tracks that cross into the West Sepik and to the border. The guns are then brought down to Angoram and into the Highlands region.”
Meanwhile, West Sepik police commander Supt Robert Gesa said that he needed funds to check the remote government stations along the PNG-Indonesian border.
“I need to pay a visit and make an inspection report on the need to put police officers at stations at Wasengla, Oksapmin, Amanab, Imonda and Green River. Right now there are no officers at those stations.
“We need police officers there to report on smuggling activities. Right now there are smuggling of arms, drugs and other illicit trading going on at the border.”
Gesa said that in the past there were police officers there who had an effective police communication network to report on illegal activities along the border.

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