New police barracks for Gusap

The new police barracks at Gusap in Ramu, Madang Province, marks the beginning of bringing police back into the district level, says Acting Commissioner of Police Francis Tokura.

Acting Commissioner Tokura made this statement during the official opening of the K4.6 million police barracks, funded by New Britain Palm Oil Limited (NBPOL) under its tax credit scheme, on July 18.

The barracks has a capacity to house up to 80 police officers, boasts a double classroom, an administration block, an armoury and a helipad.

Tokura said to meet the Marape-Steven government vision to become a rich black Christian nation, the RPNGC as a government organisation can achieve this by providing a peaceful, safe and secure environment.

“Without law and order at district levels, people will continue to migrate into urban centres thus, placing more strains on the already limited government services, employment and business opportunities available in these areas. Without law and order at district levels, there will be no real tangible development and no opportunity for economic activities to take root and grow,” Tokura stated.

“I am urging policemen and women who will be occupying this barracks to look after it,” Acting Commissioner Tokura said, adding that police will do its best to make sure that services are delivered at the district level.

In addition, NBPOL Chief Executive Officer, Jamie Graham, said the barracks at Gusap is an example of how the tax credit scheme can work successfully in the spirit of public-private partnership.

Graham said the NBPOL will continue to deliver such projects where they operate from as law and order is key for economic growth.

(NBPOL Chief Executive Office Jamie Graham handing over the barracks keys to Police Minister Bryan Kramer, in the presence of Acting Commissioner Francis Tokura, right, and Assistant Commissioner of Police and Commander Northern Peter Guinness)

Press release