By JEFFREY ELAPA
POLICE reinforcement for Madang will be housed in new living quarters financed by the provincial government and Chinese mining giant MCC.
The provincial government had allocated K40,000 to furnish the quarters which was donated by the management of Ramu Nickel mine early this year.
The building which lacked furniture and needed few minor works would resume in the New Year when funds are released.
Provincial police commander Chief Insp Anthony Wagambie Jr inspected the building yesterday, saying that the provincial government was kind enough to fund the building despite the department’s failure.
Chief Insp Wagambie said the house would accommodate more than 20 police personnel to boost their manpower in Madang.
He said as soon as the building is ready they would be sending a request submission to the police headquarters for the new recruits to be sent to Madang.
He said the provincial government was also ready to assist in flying the new recruits if the police department did not have funds.
Mr Wagambie said certain districts in the province also lacked police presence and with the additional manpower, he could arrange for rational basis for policeman to go with senior-non commissioned officers to serve rural police station like the Josephstaal areas.
He said arrangement were in place to have them for a month or two
followed by another lot until the infrastructures were in place to have permanent officers stationed there.
Meanwhile, 10 new recruits will be posted to Ramu police station to boost the manpower there.
He said many new developments like the Ramu Agro Industries, the Kainantu gold mine, the Yandera copper and the Ramu nickel and cobalt mines were situated in the area and therefore needed more police to be based there.