There are no guidelines and policy in place for police to deal with tribal fights resulting in police officers acting as mediators in solving tribal fight cases.
Police Commissioner Gari Baki stressed on setting guidelines after a presentation by the Police Eastern End Command team (Western Highlands, Jiwaka,and Chimbu) raised challenges in dealing with tribal fights during the opening of the 3 day Police Commissioners Conference yesterday.
Jiwaka Provincial Police Commander Senior Inspector Kauga Maragil stressed on the issue of mediating cases of tribal fights and not solving the real issue using the full force of law.
Commissioner Baki said tribal fight is an issue that needs consultations from provincial government in addressing it.
He said many resources have been taken out in addressing this issue and it’s by time guidelines must be set.
“there are no guidelines and we need to sit down and look at that, I’m asking the two highlands commands(Eastern and Western end) to put talks together and have the headquarters (police) to support you,
“put guidelines for us to sit down and have a look on how we can deal with tribal fights,” Baki said.