Police Commissioner Baki receives new police station in Wapenamanda

ROYAL PAPUA NEW GUINEA CONSTABULARY

MEDIA RELEASE
Monday 10 April 2017

Police Commissioner Gari Baki took delivery of a brand new police station and a new police vehicle in Wapenamanda District of the Enga Province last week.

The police station and vehicle was the support given by the local Member of Parliament and Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Rimbink Pato through his District Services Infrastructure Program (DSIP).

wapenamda police station

Commissioner Baki, Foreign Affairs Minister Pato, Assistant Commissioner of Police for Logistic Tony Duwang and the Provincial Police Commander George Kakas were in Wapenamanda to officially receive the new police infrastructure and vehicle.

Two new police stations are still under construction in the Lower Lai and Tsak valley. Both buildings are expected to be completed before the end of June.

The people in the Tsak valley were without a police station for the last 25 years after a tribal fight which saw the closure of the police station and withdrawal of police officers.

The Police Commissioner was pleased to see the local member and the people’s cooperation to bring police presences back into the Tsak valley.

He told the crowd that he was no stranger to Tsak valley because he spent his young days in the early 1970’s as the commanding officer of the Enga mobile squad. He was based in Konemanda to curve tribal fights in the valley.

During the visit the Tsak valley local councillor and landowner gave five hectares of land in the Tsak valley to the Police Department as an incentive to bring police services back into the valley.

Police Commissioner Baki instructed Assistant Commissioner Duwang to immediately send his officers to survey the land boundaries and prepare the land to construct police barracks and other police facilities in the valley.

At the Wapenamanda station Commissioner Baki told the crowd to cooperate with electoral officials and the security forces in the coming 2017 National General Election and make it their business to have a safe and free election.

Foreign Affairs Minister Pato has pledged his support behind the Law and Justice Sector to make Wapenamanda District a peaceful and safe place in the Enga Province.

 

Photo: Assistant Commissioner of Police for Logistic Tony Duwang, Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato, Police Commissioner Gari Baki and Enga Provincial Police Commander George Kakas in front of the new Wapenamanda police station (left to right).

Picture by Police Media Unit.

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