Police get land for homes

Islands, Normal

The National- Tuesday, January 18, 2011

 RABAUL police have been assured of a piece of land at the district headquarters in Kurakakaul to build housing for police officers.

This assurance was given by acting district administrator Marakan Uvano last Friday.

It came after a call by the Assistant Commissioner of Police for the New Guinea Islands region Chief Supt Francis Tokura for assistance with housing for his officers.

Tokura said police in Rabaul had suffered over the years as they had to travel all the way from the Toguata Police Barracks at Baliora in the Gazelle district for their posts in Rabaul town.

Tokura said if there was land available, houses could be built to provide  staff accommodation.

Uvano said a piece of land had been allocated at Kurakakaul and already a number of houses for police officers were under construction.

Provincial police cmmander Supt Sylvester Kalaut said this was welcoming news for police as housing had been an issue with Rabaul police since the volcanic eruptions in 1994.

Tokura said funds received by police in the past sometimes restricted them from effectively carrying out their duties.

He said despite this, officers had continued to effectively serve.