Bring Australian police to help fight crime, says Ipatas

May 22, 2018 | The National Newspaper |

ENGA Governor Sir Peter Ipatas has called on the government to revisit the Australian Federal Police programme (AFP) because of continuing law and order issues in the country.
“What we need now is external assistance. As a country we must humble ourselves and say yes, this country has a serious law and order problem,” Sir Peter said.
“At a wider perspective, we want to see the Australians come. I’m saying this as a senior member of the government and I have law and order problems in my province.
“The police have lost their way. We must admit this and I think that they’ve become the biggest liability to the state. If you want to fix this, you will not fix it by training more and more policemen and women.
“I have been advocating to involve the Australians for five or six years and nobody has been listening to me.
“This is the last call I am going to make to our government because I am part of this government and I seem to be not getting the answer I want; so it’s a serious call.
“If they (government) don’t want the Australian Federal Police to help them at the national level, let them help us at provincial levels, especially Hela, Enga and Southern Highlands.
“I represent my people and people are losing lives. I can see that the police is not functioning properly in the province and they are not managing the issues. We need external help.”
Sir Peter said that the government cannot let law and order get out of hand in the three resource-rich provinces which contributed much to the economy of PNG.