The Deputy Commissioner Regional Operations Dr. Philip Mitna announced this afternoon in Port Moresby that there will be a new police special operations team to be created.
He said this new team will be created by the Police Commissioner to deal with violent crimes and Domestic Terrorism in the country, especially in the Highlands Region.
Dr. Mitna explained that this new team called, ‘Kumul Force 23’ will be established under the Mobile Squad Unit for specific duties. The new team will operate as a sub- division of the mobile squad itself.
“This new Kumul Force 23 will only answer to the police commissioner, “said Dr. Mitna.
The idea to establish the new team came about following the issues up in the highlands especially Porgera and the current situation at Laiagam in Enga Province and other parts of the Highlands region as well.
“The details of the new team will be announced in the coming weeks.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Mitna said that police and Papua New Guinea Defence Force Personnel will continue to monitor the situation on ground in Enga province to minimize any further clashes and destruction to public properties and danger to civilian population.
Dr. Mitna said efforts are being made to ensure that the situation calms down in Enga, making way for the much-anticipated opening of the New Porgera Mine.