BY BENNY GETENG
ALL spot fines collected from breaking petty crime laws in Lae city must be paid to the office of Lae urban local level government (LULLG).
Lae city Lord Mayor Koim Trilu Leahy said the new concept of police community partnership program is aimed at keeping the city litter and harassment free, but it does not have the capacity to impose and collect fines.
Mr Leahy said the LULLG has policing officers employed to collect fines.
“The authority officers can apprehend people and bring them to the LULLG office and then policing officers will charge them with the fines to be paid there,” he said.
He said from experience he does not want to see any unauthorised person collecting fines in public places at random and duplicating roles of the LULLG officers.
“The receipts of fines collected may go missing as well as the fines may never come properly to LULLG,” he said.
Mr Leahy said LULLG has a security team including health officers in the upkeep of the city and provide disease control.
“Their job is to enforce the ban of illegal activities in the city such as shoe making, betel nut and smoke sales, phone repairs and other informal street sales,” he said.
He said the police community partnership program officers are supposed to educate the people and get them back to official markets in the city to do their sales and not in public areas.
Mr Leahy said markets like Papuan Compound market are a classic example of how market vendors should operate and sell goods or services they offer.
The designated markets for vendors are Kamkumung, 13 A Bumbu, Bumayong, Hunta, Tent City and Miles markets.
He said the vendors can sell at these markets but are urged to be responsible with the disposal of rubbish and consider better hygiene when selling food.