Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Operations Mr Donald Yamasombi handed over 12 brand new police vehicles to Oro Provincial Police yesterday at the Boroko Motors Showroom in Port Moresby.
The vehicles were purchased under the Kind-for-Kina scheme initiated by Police Commissioner David Manning. This is a scheme whereby the provincial governments allocates a certain amount of money and the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) pays the other component to refleet the aging police fleet of vehicles nationwide. This is the second project under the Kina-for-Kina scheme. The first was for the Madang Open electorate.
Mr Yamasombi said during the presentation that for police to do its job effectively it needs tools such as vehicles.
The total cost for the vehicles is about K2m. Mr Yamasombi thanked the Governor for Oro Hon. Gari Juffa and the Oro Provincial Law and Order Committee for the support given which he said will go a long way.
He assured Governor Juffa that the money his province had spent in purchasing these vehicles for police will be put to good use.
Governor Juffa was pleased to receive the 12 police vehicles which included 10 Nissan Patrols, a Mitsubishi single cab and a Mitsubishi double cab. He thanked the RPNGC and said this is basically signalling the development of Oro’s efforts to make Oro Province the model police command for provinces.
He said Oro Province has also flagged the Police on its intention to have a mobile squad based in the Oro Province as well so that it can take care of Oro, Milne Bay and other provinces as well.
Mr Yamasombi meanwhile urged leaders from other provinces to come forward and help to acquire such resources that will assist the police reach out to remote places around the country where the bulk of the population is.