​NGI security operation to be launched

The 2017 New Guinea Islands national security operation for the general elections will be launched in Manus tomorrow.

Police Commissioner Gari Baki will launch the security operations for Manus, East New Britain, New Ireland and West New Britain provinces in Lorengau.

Host and Acting Manus Provincial Police Commander, senior inspector David Yapu, said all preparations for the launch are in place, and he thanks Commissioner Baki for choosing Manus to launch the NGI operations.

For Manus province alone, a combined security operation will consist of Police, Correctional Service and PNG Defence Force personnel, with some assistance to come from the East New Britain province.

A total of 121 service members will be involved in Manus Elections operations.

Acting PPC Yapu told Loop PNG that from those 121 personnel; 60 are regular police officers while 40 are reserve officers.

He said five Correctional Service officers will be engaged along with 12 PNGDF soldiers from Lombrum Naval Base, while 10 Mobile Squad members from the Tomaringa Police Barracks in East New Britain Province will assist.

“This will be a big event for the people of Manus Province and I expect to see lot of people attend the event,” he added.

(Loop PNG picture of Acting Manus Provincial Police Commander, senior inspector David Yapu, in Port Moresby yesterday)

Sally Pokiton