Deputy Police Commissioner and Chief of Operations, Jim Andrews, said this today while expressing his sympathy for families and victims of the earthquake, which is said to have claimed the lives of over 20 people and caused widespread destruction across these three provinces.
"Police in these three provinces are keeping a close eye on the relief efforts and will actively partake in all humanitarian aid activities in the affected places."
Andrews said he has sympathy for the people in Hela and Southern Highlands provinces where police have recently introduced some community policing initiatives aimed at reducing crime and violence.
"The death and destruction caused by the disaster is devastating but the people can only find peace and comfort through prayer and divine intervention," stated Andrews.
Police in these three provinces are monitoring the aftermath closely and they will provide a full report on the extent of the disaster to the office of the Commissioner as and when information is available to them.
(MAF aerial survey of PNG’s Highlands region following several strong earthquakes this week)