5 Apr 2005

PNG province reports no crime along highway for 10 months

11:12 am on 5 April 2005

A report in Papua New Guinea says the incidence of criminal activity on the Sepik Highway has dropped to zero since June last year.

The National newspaper reports the East Sepik Provincial Police Commander, Leo Kabilo, attributes the drop in criminal activity on the route, to the efforts of voluntary community police officers.

Commander Kabilo has organised auxiliary policemen to work in police posts along the Sepik Highway.

He says the province now has about 1000 volunteers working in the communities they live in.

Police claim to have wiped out the local trade in home-brewed alcohol and marijuana.