The National, Monday 20th August, 2012
By JUNIOR UKAHA
NATIONAL Capital District police operations commander Andy Bawa has thanked all his officers for their outstanding effort in providing security in the city during the elections and the formation of the government.
Supt Bawa said despite a few setbacks, police had displayed professionalism and had ensured that democratic elections were carried out, the people’s parliament was protected and the public was free from threats.
“I would like to say thank you and congratulate my officers for their outstanding performance,” he said.
“Their dedication and commitment has ensured a peaceful election in the National Capital District,” he said.
Bawa thanked members of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force for helping police in the election operations.
He said the involvement of the army had boosted security in polling and counting areas.
“I thank candidates and their supporters for behaving,” he said.
“Yes, we had a few problems but we must learn from them and improve,” Bawa said.
He said police had taken “a break” after their involvement in the elections but because of complaints by business houses about an upsurge in criminal activities some officers had been recalled to patrol in crime hotspots.