11 Nov 2004

PNG police say not equipped for border role

9:47 am on 11 November 2004

Police in the northern Papua New Guinea town of Vanimo say they are ill-equipped to carry out surveillance on the border with Indonesia.

The National newspaper reports the provincial police commander Joe Poema as saying the border area is known for arms and drug smuggling activities but police in the area aren't equipped to stop the activities.

Mr Poema says his officers were supposed to carry out an operation over a 21-day period which started last week but couldn't continue owing to a lack of funds.

He says random surveillance is carried out but they aren't sure of who's travelling because they don't have records of people suspected of travelling illegally.

Mr Poema says there's no proper mechanism in place to conduct border surveillance and his men are doing both local policing and border jobs.