10, 500 security personnel for election 2017

The security force will comprise of members of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, the PNG Defence Force, and the Correctional Services.

Both the PNGDF and the CS will contribute 500 personnel each while the RPNG makes up the majority of the security force.

Personnel will be deployed in March to begin its intelligence gathering and surveillance programs of identified hot spot areas prone to violence during election periods. The hot spot areas covers both land and sea (piracy).

Lae police command gets organised

Lae Metropolitan Police Commander Anthony Wagambie says the new arrangements will be to also better coordinate and organise to deal with law and order issues.

He says in recent months since taking office the Mobile units in Lae are more coordinated operationally and are also taking part more actively in policing duties.

While the Task Force unit has been given additional manpower amalgamating the armed reserve unit under one commander with the foot beat units forming the response team for the units.