Women make up half of police complainants in Mt Hagen

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By AGNES FIFI UKI UPNG journalism student

MORE than half of public complaints received at the Mt Hagen police duty counter every day are from women.
Western Highlands police commander Supt Kaiglo Ambane said the majority of these complaints were about violence within their families.
He said this when challenging policemen and women to lead by example.
Ambane said  if they had violence in their families, they must stop it before going out and carrying out public awareness.
He made the comments at a parade on Tuesday during which the sexual offence squad and the family violence unit in Mt Hagen received a new vehicle and 12 computer sets together with its accessories and furniture.
The donations came from the Law and Justice Sector under its development budget to complement the Police Department’s projects on customer service and family sexual violence. 
Chief Insp David Kila from the front line policing improvement programme and public safety division in Port Moresby, presented the vehicle and computers.
Kila told the police that the vehicle was for sexual violence unit but it could be use to carry out other police duties as well.
He said it would greatly help the police officers looking after the unit to carry out their duties more effectively.
Kila said: “One of the areas we look at is to establish family safety division and we are pleased that the Mt Hagen police have established the family violence unit in 2008 but we realised that the work cannot be done without resources, therefore, these donations will assist the unit.”
Ambane thanked Kila and the Law and Justice Sector for fulfilling their commitments at a short notice after their visit to the province last month and donated the vehicle together with computer sets and furniture.
He said the vehicle would not only be used by the family violence unit but added to their existing fleets in the province and would be use for police work.