The Voco Point Police Post in Lae that was set on fire early this year was reopened today for operation. The Wong Tim and Company reconstructed it after it was set on fire by youths from a nearby settlement at the area on the 18th of February this year.
The Chief Metropolitan Superintendent for Lae said the burning of the building was caused by alleged arsonists from a nearby settlement of the area.
The reconstruction of the building was fully funded by Wong Tim and Company through a partnership agreement with Morobe government, Lae District and the Police Department.
The building contains two separate offices, a kitchen with a refrigerator and toilet for the duty officers.
The Morobe Governor, who was also present to officiate the opening, warned the public to respect and take care of this building.
This Police Post was first built and opened by Wong Tim and Company, through a Public-Private Partnership agreement between Morobe Provincial Government, Lae District and the Police Department on the 27th of September in 2011.
The Owner of Wong Tim and Company, Hilmar Wong, who was born and raised at Voco Point, said he had seen the place go from a peaceful place 66 years ago into a notorious zone known for drugs, theft and murder.
The company and his family contributed to rebuild this station, in order to bring back law and order in this community.
According to Police reports, the burning of the Voco point Police Post was the second incident caused by youths from the area.
Another is the Police Post at West Taraka, a suburb here in Lae that was also set on fire by drunkards from the area on November last year.
Lae’s Chief Metropolitan Superintendent said the Voco point police post would be watch 24 hours by the police as the base for the Dog Unit.