The National, Friday June 21st, 2013
THE Southern Highlands provincial government has set its focus on improving law and order in the province.
Governor William Powi said his government had started addressing the issue in partnership with the law and justice sector and AusAID.
He said K400,000 had been allocated to increase police presence in Poroma in the Nipa-Kutubu district as the government had built houses for the special tactical response unit.
About 20 police personnel have been dispatched already.
He also said another K1 million had been allocated for the training of 100 policemen and women to be selected from the province.
The governor said a special highway patrol unit would patrol the Highlands Highway from Kaugel River to Margarima to protect the resource projects.
Powi said the provincial government had endorsed a land resolution committee while more emphasis had been placed on improving and empowering the village courts.
He added that the peace and good order committee would come under the joint district budget and planning committee.
Powi said three police vehicles were also donated for police in Poroma and one for Mendi.