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NGI police meet to curb violent crime in region

With the initiative of the New Guinea Islands (NGI) Divisional Commander Perou N’Dranou, the second quarterly NGI Divisional Commanders workshop for 2023 has started in Kokopo.

Those in attendance include his Provincial Police Commanders (PPCs) and the Islands Mobile Group Commander to discuss ways to mitigate the upsurge in violent crimes in the four NGI provinces.

ACP N’Dranou said given the fluidity of the crime situations in the region, police will need to be in line with the changing crime trends and observe and work closely with all the communities.

“As per the crime situation of the NGI region from January 1, to the end of July 2023, the trend of crime upsurge is not encouraging.”

“Frequent crimes are becoming a threat to communities as per crimes reported to police, the most prevalent are gender-based violence and sexual crimes, armed robbery, marijuana abuse, unlawful wounding and break-and-enter and stealing offences”

“The lack of police efforts to effectively suppress the social ills contributes to the absence of the rules of law, we would like to restore that despite our current challenges.”

N’Dranou said crime trends are different from province to province, therefore the approaches to take away from the workshop will be generic and adaptable to different provinces.

“We endeavour to invest time, effort and the limited resources to improve policing services, the four PPCs and the other three senior officers are now required to stand up and be counted and to chart our way to mitigate serious crimes”.

“I thank all the provincial leaders of WNB, ENB, New Ireland and Manus, for their continuous support to Police in the last one year since I have been the Divisional Commander for NGI, without you, we will be much worse off in our efforts to maintaining peace and good order,” he said. N’Dranou appealed to the people of the four provinces of NGI region to take back their lives from the few criminal-minded people.

He further appealed to police officers in the region for their professionalism and to step up in their daily efforts to serve the people.