Community Policing Platform

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(Picture courtesy of D. M. KITCHNOGE, BMP)

With the right skills and infrastructure, Madang has the potential to provide an effective security watch programme that will help the region fight poverty and boost development. So how do we turn the vision into reality?

With an effective reporting platform like MSW21 we can sit back and expect to see a good outcome at the end. A community policing system supported by a public reporting platform provides real time data and mapping capabilities which translates into a more focused community policing approach in curbing the lawlessness in Madang Town and getting the right actions to where it is needed most.

Social media and main stream media have proven to be the platform of choice in getting a public response, likewise, law and order issue is not just police work. We can all participate and report matters to the MSW21 platform where trained and competent call center operators can receive information, process it, pass it on and track it until a suitable and timely resolution is provided.

Participation from the public, the town councils, town administration, chamber of Commerce, business houses, educational institutions, Police, corrective services, affiliated security firms and various government and non government agencies; churches and everyone involved are all key elements of the wider scope of skills and infrastructure needed to develop a safer, productive and profitable outlook in Madang town.

Madang town is small compared to Lae or Port Moresby and law and order can be managed with enough police and security patrol in public places. We just need cooperation from everyone in ensuring that the public cooperate to report social disorder and crimes to the police and there is immediate actions taken to address the problem.

Freedom of speech and human rights protection is embedded in our country’s Constitution that mandates every citizen of Papua New Guinea to report crime and any other form of corruption or suppression affecting our livelihood and individual welfare.

We can start now in Madang by regulating the movement of people coming into town, limiting the number of settlements to the ones that can be managed and control the growth of squatters and houses being built on exisiting settlements through proper management and screening by the town building & planning board and the provincial administration.

We have the skills and the infrastructure, we just need the community to do the policing. With a community reporting platform, we can manage the flow of information and get the response we want.

Madang Security Watch

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The Godowan Point #418-4

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April Edition week 4 2018.

Msw21: Settlement mapping

In recent times, there has been growing discontent among the local people over land issues in Madang town and the influx of squatter settlers, leading to evictions. While these issues have existed in the past, the people affected by them had lived in fragmented groups.

Towards the end of 2016, the rate of crime have been associated with Madang Urban settlements at Biliyau Maus Rot, 26, Public Tank, Mero Bridge, Abattoir,  DCA, Kubai maus rot, Kerema compound, Gov.Sto, Karkar compound, Lain Banana, UPD, Wagol Pikus and Saw Dust are indicated as hotspots for violent crimes and social disorder in the communities.

Concentrated here is a circuit plotted with land grabbed settlements established on marsh waste land inside the Madang Urban  boundary.   Made up of a mixture of genuine settlers and land grabbled settlers, these settlements are occupied by ethnic groups particularly from Biwat, Yenjen, Kanganamun, Parambei,  Angoram and Kambaramba where community violence and social disturbance is out of control.  Home made brew is the number one option for income which can be easily manufactured from Yeast extract and sugar conveniently bought at the retail shops or wholesale. This adds on to the social problems of underage drinking and social problems in the community.

There are two rivers cutting through these settlements: Wagol and Mero which are polluted with garbage, plastic, scrap and raw sewage from make shift toilet huts scattered along the river that flows out into the Madang harbor. The rivers make ideal routes to escape from police by boat. Ferry boat stops at DCA, Paindamon Point, and Jant Bridge are accessible points from town to the Abattoir, Madang Airport, Ulifin Island, Pana and Siar coastline. Its close vicinity to the Madang central business areas like at Elvak, Nelrik, Modilon and Binen point, it provides escape destinations for criminals by boat. They can then travel by road or foot to Mero dump, Sisiak,  Sagalau, Matupi, Siar, Nagada,  or head further north to Bogia.  This makes the task of pursuing criminals difficult for Police because of the need to change from one form of transportation to another and the harbouring of criminals by these settlements increases the associated risks of being attacked.

The perpetrators are made up of adult men and adolescent  youths where lack of discipline and leadership in the communities create fear of attack by the perpetrators if reported; even to the extent that harassment, assault, rape, murder, damage to property and burning down of houses take place. Senior men, women and children feel supressed by these offenders who are  harboured in the community itself.  Fatalities and payback fights are all too common and reinforcement from clansmen are easily brought in by boat or road transport; adding yet to the increasing population of illegal settlers and urban drifters into Madang.

The settlements  are becoming populated and more land grabbing is taking place. Since the massive eviction exercise in 2003 and 2012, the number of shacks popping up without any control over land issues has increased remarkably. Most of these houses are being built from scraps and timber which is more likely being smuggled out of Madang Timbers Ltd. an Asian owned timber company located along the Baidal road to the airport.   It is located right in the centre of these settlement plots. After building the house, a legitimate electricity connection is done through PNG power ltd. A service line along the roads can be tapped in most cases, through bribery of PNG power electricians and then a series of illegal connections are made from one hut to another and everyone chips in to pay the easy-pay power bill.

Urban drifters continue to ride into Madang from the north and south coastlines by dingy while there is no monitoring and control of sea transits into town. Guns, drugs and contraband exchanges are easily smuggled on these routes and it is the normal mode of transport for criminals who need to get out of the province and or when the need arises for reinforcement during an ethnic clash.

Continued trends in crime from these areas of interest has affected the Madang town dramatically. There are various other ethnic settlement from the highlands region that also contribute to petty crimes and street selling in the town. Other regions have not been outlined here but they fall into a collective category of opportunists. Generally, Police in Madang are compromised, having wantoks or relatives residing in the settlements making the task of apprehension difficult and therefore resorting to less effective community policing strategies is a way of resolving issues.  In September 2016, the killing of a man from East New Britain at the 26 area was investigated and the suspects were known. Arrests would soon be made but the communities from which these thugs breed were afraid to hand them over to the Police. Most times, the suspects break out of jail after being handed over to Police.

Now a days, we see a dangerous trend in urban settlement youths and village youths combining in mutual consumption, distribution and sale of marijuana and home brew as a useful commodity for getting money, even taking part in “Haus Man” initiations for sorcery and cult practices. Since the end of 2016, serious crime have progressed into the rural sectors to a stage where youths from settlements and the villages are collaborating in theft, armed hold ups, robberies at sea  and on the  highway.  Murder is also seen to be more gruesome now a days with beheading practises associated with cult activities. This mode of operation is proving difficult for the little resources that the police have in pursuing these cases and the chances of the perpetrators escaping is more successful and community law and order restoration is more difficult.

But to have a more effective community policing in place inside the 10 urban wards would be strategic for the police and the provincial administration. A crime reporting  platform would encourage more engagement from the public. In such a way, MSW-21 is an accessible community reporting platform for crime and security issues in the communities. Anonymous tip off and response to the report would be effective with a team of call centre operators with background in security and policing who are empowered to get a response from Police or security firms.

The strength of this strategy is the value of information collected from residents and other stakeholders about the issues and concerns of the community that can help inform police activities that are best suited to address these concerns.

This #msw21 concept opens a large window of opportunity for training and employment of civilian volunteers, police reservists and emergency response. The public is encouraged to join the team and support the Watch. Send a message or visit our website for applications.

Regards,

Madang Security Watch

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ISLAND MOBILE HIRE CARS NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED ALONG WITH POLICE COMMISSIONER GARI BAKI AND DCP OPERATIONS DAVID MANNING

We appeal to the people’s hero and Madang MP Honorable Bryan Kramer to raise this issue on the floor of Parliament and get Police Minister Hon Jelta Wong to commission an inquiry into the blanket hire of K2 million and the ongoing plan to hire more cars belonging to this company in the disaster and SOE operations in Hela and SHP provinces. TIME TO INVESTIGATE AND WEED OUT CORRUPTION IN PNG.

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The recent Facebook and Social Media outrage over the use of Island Mobile Hire Cars (IMHC) by the government and police department must be given equal scrutiny like the Yoga Contract by NCD Governor Powes Parkop.

There are two sets of allegations that make the current use of IMHC seem suspicious. Both these incidents happened during the 2017 elections.

1. Police Department paid K2 million to IMHC for a “blanket hire” of 200 vehicles for use by police during the 2017 elections. Information from reliable sources allege that police did not use the K2 million or 200 vehicles but only half or less of that blanket hire. Balance of the funds paid to IMHC needs to be investigated because information revealed from the sources point to police commissioner Gari Baki and ACP Operations David Manning. This same hire car is the preferred hire car company for use by police even…

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ILLICIT CAPITAL FLIGHTS IMPEDE DEVELOPMENT IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD

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ILLICIT CAPITAL FLIGHTS IMPEDE DEVELOPMENT IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD

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Be Wary of Transnational Crime

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April 23, 2018

UNITED KINGDOM: The country is working to protect itself through legislation from transnational crime and foreign businesses bent on corruption and exploitation, says Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
He told the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London that the sovereignty of all Commonwealth nations was being threatened by transnational crime.
He said the growth opportunities of emerging economies were attracting many international businesses.
“Most of these economies come to our countries to make a legitimate profit, and in the process stimulate economic growth and create jobs,” he said.
“(But) there are also foreign companies that come to exploit, to take advantage of evolving and sometimes weak financial regulator regimes, and immigration and labour laws.
“It’s important that our governments commit to addressing transnational crime and provide a safe and secure environment for all who live in the Commonwealth.”
He said the country had enacted several legislations to deal with the Proceeds of Crimes, to prosecute the corrupt and those who corrupt them. “We have new legislation to deal with cyber crimes. We have laws to prevent forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking,” he said.
“But given the transcending nature of all of these crimes, we need to support each other to make sure there is better enforcement of these laws through multilateral cooperation.
“PNG seeks greater co-operation and support through the Commonwealth, and other global forums, to enhance international cooperation as the best means to combat transnational crime,” he said.
Meanwhile, O’Neill says the Commonwealth has a proud history of taking affirmative action to protect democratic principles.
O’Neill commended during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London last week the efforts to strengthen institutions which were essential for economic growth and development.
He said it “underpins a clear commitment to the values of human rights, gender equality, good governance, democracy and the rule of law”. “We have seen this commitment in the past year as Commonwealth Observers were on the ground in our country for (2017) national election,” he said.
“They certainly played an important role in ensuring the elections were free from hindrance so democracy could prevail.
“Papua New Guinea is committed to these ideals.”
O’Neill said trade and investment were critical to economic growth in any country to improve income generation and employment.
“However, the global economy today is threatened by the prevalence of protectionist trade measures, a surge in anti-trade rhetoric, declining investment and rising inequality,” he said.-PACNEWS

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The Godowan Point #418-3

SETTLEMENTS: FOR THOSE WITH A HEART FOR MADANG

By Nicholas Kirriwom 

April edition week 3 2018. Subscribe to more newsletters 

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Settlement in Madang like every other town in PNG,  goes back to the colonial era when employers did not provide accommodation to their faithful servants who needed roof over their heads and in order to serve their masters. The servants then in consultation with local landowners or administration erected makeshift homes on the fringes of the town, which homes eventually developed into permanent houses, and they squatted on those places and eventually became known as squatters or settlers. But these were not unemployed people, they had work and contributed to the development of Madang Town and Madang Province. There are some settlements that go as far as that period such as the bulk store, wagol, yabob road and kerema compound, biliau just to name a few.

We cannot remove settlements, we have tried it before and it did not work, settlements kept springing up again, many settlers returned or new ones came and took the place of those that left. You cannot solve lawlessness in Madang by removing settlements indiscriminately. There will be many employers both government and private who will be employeeless or workerless when there is closure of settlements and mass exodus of many public servants who live in some of these settlements.

If you are looking for someone to blame for the mushrooming of settlements in Madang town, blame the employers for not providing accommodation to their staff. And who will deny this? When you see most advertisement for vacant positions in the media, more often than not the ad carriers the statement ‘own accommodation’ or ‘accommodation not provided’. People look for jobs in town and once they secure that job, accommodation comes next.

We have inherited a problem through oversight which is now haunting us. But we can overcome it. We just need to rise above the issue at hand and deal with it positively and not be influenced by emotion. Removal of settlements can have serious backlash as many others have commented. We have to think and act smartly in this modern era to deal with the issue facing us without creating more problem.

We have to identify those settlements that have contributed to the development of the province and those settlements that sprung up recently to take advantage of the development in the province. The latter group must be thoroughly screened and critical decision need to be made about the future of those new settlements.

There must be a cut-off point when no-more settlements be permitted to spring up anywhere with 10 kilometre radius of Madang Town which requires cooperation from communities in and around Madang Town and villages within the 10 or so kilometre radius.

All houses on legitimate settlements be registered with a central body managed by the provincial administration and every occupant of each house must also be registered. There should be a limit of number of people in a household and the population of each household is also registered with the administration. There should be regular inspection and monitoring of these homes to make sure that they are not harbouring unemployed vagrants without jobs in their homes.

Our biggest problem over the years is that we have given the settlements free hand to decide who they bring home to their houses and how long they remain with them. We need to regulate this unnecessary movement of people. We failed in this regard and classified settlements like ‘no-go zones’ or ‘place blong ol raskals’ and have now become fearful of settlements as it they are poisonous snakes, and now we cry out to get rid of them.

The key word here is manage. We need to manage the settlements properly. If we manage the settlements properly and at the same time have an effective policing system, we can get on top of the lawlessness in Madang Town. Madang town is not that big. With enough police patrol in public places and ensuring that the public cooperate to report any bad behaviour anywhere to the police and there is immediate action taken and the problem is addressed, we should be able to solve our law and order problem. We just need cooperation from everyone.

Law and order issue is not just police work. This is where we get it all wrong. It’s like sending our children to school and leave discipline and good manners to the teachers only to teach our kids while we sit back and expect to see a good outcome at the end. Complacency is our biggest failure. We are too complacent. We need to be proactive rather than reacting to situations when matters get out of hand because we allowed such to happen.

I think the time has come now to put to test this so-called freedom of movement protection in the Constitution that has been much abused and it has become a curse on us throughout the country.

We can start now in Madang by regulating the movement of people coming into town and staying overnight with relatives, limiting the number of settlements to ones that can be managed and prohibiting further growth of squatters and no more houses to be built on exisiting settlements with out permission from town authority or an appropriate regulatory body managed by the provincial administration.

It will help greatly, if the so-called NID System that the Government is talking about is fast-tracked and everyone is registered. We are just a small country with less than 8 million people and this registration process started in the last government and is yet to see the end. In other countries, it would have taken much less than a year to accomplish. But then this is PNG.

These are just some off-the-cuff thoughts I am sharing for those concerned about what is happening in Madang Town today. Please share your views and we can articulate and refine as we go along.

The Godowan Point

Madang Security Watch

 

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The Godowan Point #418-2

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April edition week 2 2018

The Godowan Point this week is a tribute to  Bryan Kramer Hon. Member for Madang.

Powerful achievement Bryan Kramer. PNG is so blessed by your leadership. Leadership that is truly in touch with the simple ordinary people who voted you into power. 

Hon. B.K, you are the true champion and the great powerful leader for the people of Madang. You really have a heart to serve the people. Great job, well done and its going down in the history of your political career. God will bless you with more wisdom and you can become more Wiseman to lead the whole nation one fine day.

Leadership is measured by how many people you served and not by how many people serve you. The picture speaks for itself. No police escort, a thousand men behind you, leader tumas! Respect!

MADANG BACK TO NORMALITY

From the accounts of Bryan Kramer:

After a week of social unrest, public panic and water supply being cut off I am pleased to advise that Madang is back to business as usual.

In the coming days, weeks and months an action plan will be put together involving all relevant stakeholders, Provincial government, Madang Distict, Madang Urban, Police, CIS, Judiciary, Prominent Madang Leaders to address the long standing issues affecting Madang.

A big thank you to the Minister of Police Hon Jetla Wong, ACP Momase Peter Guinness, Lae Metsup Anthony Wagambie Jnr, Madang PPC Chief Inspector Benae Neneo, Madang Police, Mobile 13 Lae and Lae Metro SRU 102 and 104 for their round the clock operations.

Picture courtesy of Niugini Photography taken at Gum bridge outside of Madang town at the height of the planned protest by Madang people on Monday. Several thousand angry villagers attempted to march into town to fight with people in settlements following the killing of three Madang youths and years of harassment by street sellers and petty thieves.

Big thank you to the Madang people, particularly the affected south coastals . Your immediate understanding and positive response to bringing back normalcy to our beautiful town is indeed an action of true rational beings. It shows you are true peace loving people with no nonsense. #msw21

That was the Godowan Point this week. Looking forward to see what next week will be like.

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