57 officers tie knot in mass wedding


FIFTY-seven policemen and women exchanged rings in a first ever mass wedding in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands.
Chaplain Chief Insp Reginald Makele from police headquarters conducted the wedding ceremony last Friday at the Kimininga police barracks.
Makele said it was a first for them in the Highlands.
He said he had conducted a similar mass wedding last year for 33 couples in the National Capital District.
He said the weddings would strengthen the family units among police officers.
“The Police Department wants to see policemen and women stay faithful to their partners, discipline themselves, raise their kids in a good Christian environment, avoid temptations, bad habits and other negative influences and behaviours,” he said.
Makele said police officers were on the front line in keeping peace and maintaining order and enforcing the law.
He said this was a dangerous and demanding job and these men and women needed strong support networks within the force, community and especially in their families.
Makele said this was the first phase of the mass wedding in the Highlands. Similar weddings would be conducted in other Highlands provinces.

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