Report and picture by JEFFREY ELAPA
A SENIOR constable who lives in a settlement in Madang province, has been commended by police hierarchy and the local community for taking a bold stand in addressing law and order issues in the settlement.
For the first time, the ward 8 area, which includes hot crime spot areas like Biliau Maus rot, DCA, James Barnes, Public Tank and Mero dump, experienced a peaceful festive period.
Ward 8 councillor Samson Gann told The National that Sr Const Adam Yawing, who had been staying in the settlement for eight years, had mobilised the youths and elders to apprehend trouble makers and homebrew producers and consumers.
Mr Gann said Sr Const Yawing was also responsible for carrying out law and order awareness.
Sr Const Yawing had appealed to the community to voluntarily surrender drugs and homebrew production equipment.
Mr Gann said Sr Const Yawaing’s efforts had been fruitful when more than 15 homebrew equipment were voluntarily surrendered over the New Year period.
He said ward 8 had been a crime hot spot but Sr Const Yawing had taken the lead to mobilise the communities to stand together and rise against crime in the area.
Another community leader, Casper Kanamari, called on the police and Member for Madang, Buka Malai, to reopen the Madang airport police station and allocate vehicles for police to patrol the area.
Meanwhile, provincial police commander Chief Insp Anthony Wagambie Jr commended Sr Const Yawing and the community for a job well done and donated an old police vehicle to ward 8.
He appealed to other communities to follow the example of ward 8 to keep their communities safe and peaceful.