Hela security operation proper kicks off this week, says Huafolo 

Acting Police Commissioner Raphael Huafolo says the security operations proper for the Hela province kicks off this week.

Mr Huafolo who was in the province last Monday to launch the security operation said he is satisfied with the progress of the call-out operation in the Hela Province.

Mr Huafolo witnessed the launching of the security operation in Tari last Monday.

He said last week was basically the mobilisation period and the actual security operation kicks off this week.

A total of is 130 police and PNG Defence Force personnel are currently in the Hela province for the security operation.

The Acting Commissioner is content with the preparations being undertaken and the necessary support to boost the security operation aimed at restoring law and order in the resource rich province.

Mr Huafolo said despite some hiccups the troops have been paid their first seven days allowance and the next seven days is being prepared.

He said an operation order was in place but is being revised to meet the funding arrangements and the expectations of the government.

Mr Huafolo also confirmed two killing incidents which occurred in Tari and Koroba last week. He said nine suspects were arrested over the Tari murder whilst three suspects over the Koroba murder were caught by the people in Koroba and handed over to police.

Mr Huafolo commended the action of the community leaders and urged them maintain close ties with the security forces to restore law and order and preserve peace in the province.

“Law and order is not police business. Everybody has an equal if not a shared responsibility when it comes to law and order.  The onus is on everyone to play their part in ensuring a safe and secure society,” Acting Commissioner Huafolo said.

16 January 2017 
Police Media  
Media Statement 

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