New Year celebrations in the National Capital District recorded nil deaths relating to alcohol consumption or violence apart from a suicide incident and attempted carjacking at Gerehu.
Metropolitan Superintendent Gideon Ikumu told PNG Hausbung incidents of drunks causing disturbances and commotions in respective suburbs throughout the city were reported but police responses were swift and prevented further violence.
He commended the city residents as well as his police officers for ensuring that this happened unlike in past instances.
“All this ensued despite the fact that there was no alcohol ban this festive season,” Mr Ikumu said.
“We want the community to celebrate the New Year with us, but within the confines of the law that covers all of us, and that is not to infringe on the rights of others.”
“Drunks that were taken by police last night and early hours of the morning were released again at first light after they sobered up.”
“My message to both my officers and the public is to build that public-private partnership and that has been delivered during the festive operation and I’m grateful for that.”
He further called on the general public in the city to co-operate with police going forward into this New Year.