Water police in need of resources

National

THE Royal PNG Constabulary (RPNG) water police is in dire need of resources and manpower to patrol and monitor strategic areas in the country, officer in charge of water police David Kela says.
He said during a recent workshop in East New Britain that water police earlier had five boats allocated to Vanimo, Madang, Lae, Kimbe and Alotau but only two of those were operational at the moment.
Kela also told The National that water police currently have 29 personnel in Port Moresby but this has to be increased to 200.
“There are 29 personnel under me in Port Moresby,” Kela said.
“For Port Moresby alone we need about 200 personnel.
“We need more manpower and resources for water policing.
“There are five water policing boats, only two are operational, one in Lae and one in Port Moresby.”

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