Students while held a protest to reject government’s plan to build Mobile Brigade headquarters at Wamena, on April last year - Jubi

Jayawijaya Regent Affirms Mobile Brigade Headquarters in Wamena

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Students while held a protest to reject government’s plan to build Mobile Brigade headquarters at Wamena, on April last year - Jubi
Students while held a protest to reject government’s plan to build Mobile Brigade headquarters at Wamena, on April last year – Jubi

Wamena, Jubi – Jayawijaya Regent John Wempi Wetipo confirmed that the local government would build the Mobile Brigade headquarters in Wamena to anticipate violent crimes such as burglary and vehicle theft.

He declared it according to the meeting agreement with the Jayawijaya Police Chief, local leaders, regional group leaders, tribal chiefs and customary institution held in the meeting room of Jayawijaya Police Headquarters on Monday (15/2/2016).

“Like or not, we must place the Mobile Brigade personnel in Jayawijaya Regency no later in May 2016, while we would place them in Jayawijaya Regent’s Official House,” he said.

In 2015, some parties including students and activists rejected the Mobile Brigage Headquarters in Jayawijaya Regency, but the Regent Wetipo said that rejection would later be considered.

“Those who run the protest are not local residents living in Wamena, don’t know where they live, where they come from. So, do not let these people making us to say the people have rejected the plan, I think my people don’t ever reject it,” he said.

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Jayawijaya Police Chief, Adjunct Police Commissionaire Ronny Thabaa also supports the action taken by the regent. Police personnel replacement, especially the Mobile Brigade personnel, was considered supporting the current police personnel, which only consisting of 496 members deployed in jurisdictional territory of four regencies. “Therefore, we need longer time and higher cost to convey the incidents occurred in Jayawijaya Police’s jurisdiction territory due to our limited number of personnel,” he said.

However, he further said, related to the implementation of plan, the regent would ask the Papua Police Chief to temporarily deploy 100 Mobile Brigade personnel from Papua Police and to plan the construction the Mobile Brigade Headquarters.

“100 Mobile Brigade personnel from Papua Police would stay in Jayawijaya until the headquarters in Wamena is settled, precisely to be built at the ex-Baliem Cottage as revealed by the regent in the meeting,” said the Chief. (Islami/rom)

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