By ZACHERY PER
COMBATING law and order issues in Aiyura valley, Eastern Highlands province, will be boosted with logistical support from institutions in the area.
Important State and private institutions in the area have vowed to support local police stationed at Aiyura police station during a meeting with Eastern Highlands provincial police commander Chief Supt Augustine Wampe last week.
He met with representatives from National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI), Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), Coffee Research Institute, Inland Fisheries and Aiyura National High School to announce the appointment of new Aiyura police station commander (PSC) Chief Sgt Joe Maragil and deployment of four new policemen from Kainantu to join their Aiyura counterparts.
The additional manpower stretched officers on the ground from 11 to 15 to police Aiyura valley and part of Obura-Wonenara district.
SIL director Tim Lithgow reportedly told Chief Supt Wampe that SIL would assist police in any way possible as law and order was one of their main concerns.
NARI also pledged their support by offering to provide accommodation for the four new policemen with other institutions revealed their intention to support them.
Chief Supt Wampe pointed out the importance of police presence as the valley was home to some very important institutions and needed to be protected.
“Currently, police operations are not that effective. But with the support being given, operations will be boosted.
“As soon as new PSC settles in, plans will be drawn up for effective policing of the valley,” he said.
Chief Supt Wampe wanted police to have quarterly meetings to assess performances of police to restore trust and confidence in police operations.