THE Eriku police station needs urgent repair and maintenance, say the auxiliary policemen who manned the post in the busiest and most crime-prone shopping centre in Lae.
The station, tucked away at the back of the major shops, was built in 1983 and is in a poor state.
The windows of the building were ripped off and have leaking roofs with termite infested floors.
There are no vehicles, radios, telephones, or typewriters.
Only an OB book can be found lying at the front counter.
The officers, most of them beyond the retirement age of the public service, said they had not been receiving their monthly K60 allowances regularly–it was a factor that forced the withdrawal of four constables from the initial nine that manned the station.