2 May 2014

PNG police deploy staff to mining town

4:51 am on 2 May 2014

The police in Papua New Guinea say 140 security personnel including a platoon of 40 soldiers has been deployed to the gold mining town of Porgera to enforce a state of emergency.

The town in Enga province will officially be under a state of emergency from today although security forces have been on the ground for the past two weeks.

Police Chief of Operations Deputy Commissioner, Simon Kauba, says extra security includes 40 soldiers from the PNG Defence Force and two Mobile Squads from the Royal PNG Constabulary.

Mr Kauba says the state of emergency will run for an indefinite period until the Government decides to end it.

He says the Government approved the state of emergency about six weeks ago due to a rise in law and order problems and illegal gold mining activities.

PNG Defence Force soldiers have been made Special Constables with arrest powers.