MS 13 to support New Year operation in Lae

Lae-based RPNG Mobile Squad 13 personnel will be engaged to support regular policemen patrol the Morobe Capital during the New Year period.

Lae Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr commended his command for their professionalism, and also the public for a crime and accident free Christmas celebration adding that  police operations will continue until the New Year.

“We have an operation plan in place which will be executed. We will again have 24 hour police presence all over the city at strategic locations,” Wagambie Jnr said.  

He said some MS 13 personnel providing security in neighbouring Madang Province will return on Friday.

“All Lae police personnel will be used in these operations. Lae has a long history of ethnic clashes, stoning of vehicles, harassment of the general public by drunks, and generally disorderly conduct by individuals when seeing (celebrating) the New Year,” Wagambie Jnr said.

“We had a peaceful one in 2015-2016 New Year celebrations, we will ensure it will be the same this time around, this is anticipated, as observed with the Christmas period.”  

The Lae Police boss who took command this year said the crime rate had dropped in the country’s industrial city leading up to the festive holiday. 

“It has also been a trend in Lae, leading up to festive periods, armed robberies and stolen motor vehicles would be on the increase. However, over the last three months, there has been a dramatic drop in these crimes, and other crimes with violence,” Wagambie Jnr said.

“We have implemented Strategic Policing in the City, which has seen a reduction in serious crimes.

“There are still pockets of areas which need more attention, like the Miles area, but I will be consulting business houses and stakeholders in the area, come 2017, to see how we can all work together to ensure this stretch of road is kept safe.”

Charles Yapumi