Deputy Police Commissioner and Chief of Operations, Jim Andrews, announced this in Port Moresby today after holding a briefing with senior officers of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary at Police Headquarters.
About 1,000 policemen and women will be deployed around the city beginning Monday next week. This includes a 300-men team from the Bomana Police College, plus personnel from Police Headquarters, three mobile squads from McGregor barracks, and the Police Dog Unit will be deployed alongside NCD operational units to beef up security when parliament resumes on May 7.
Deputy Commissioner Andrews said the security operation code-named ‘Lukautim-City’ will be headed by NCD/Central Commander Donald Yamasombi and it will remain enforced for several days in the lead up to, during and after the anticipated Vote of No Confidence.
This is to deter opportunists from taking advantage and creating law and order issues.
Deputy Commissioner Andrews said the deployment is deemed as normal police work and therefore no allowances will be paid to personnel engaged in Operation ‘Lukautim City’.
The roads leading into and around Parliament house are expected to be cordoned off and manned by police when Parliament is in session next week. Movement of civilians will be restricted during this period, Andrews said.
“Members of the Constabulary are constitutionally mandated to protect and serve our people and I expect nothing but total commitment from them,” Andrews stated.