The National, Wednesday, May 18, 2011
By PISAI GUMAR
THE Kampalap village policing taskforce on Siassi Island is seeking help from law and order agencies in the district and provincial headquarters.
The 10 young men volunteered to combat increasing social problems in one of the highly populated villages on the island by helping village court officials since 2006.
Local police officer at Lablab mission station, Const Nimrod Japheth said the taskforce was very helpful to officials during village court hearings, mediations, interventions to bring peace during fights or arguments, helped collect outstanding court fines when due, stopped drugs from entering into the village from Lae and West New Britain and tracked the movements of suspicious visitors and youths within the village.
They won support for their operations mostly by selling betelnut and cigarettes, Japheth said.
“Despite crucial commitments and effort they contributed to maintain peace and harmony in the villages without any assistance in terms of workshops, logistics and funding from the local level government or the district office,” he said.
“We appeal to the district and provincial law and order agencies to come down into the village, see and feel what we do and empower us to operate and manage our own social problems.”