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09 December 2016


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I remember a police sergeant in the Jimi Valley in the early seventies. If I remember correctly his name was Sergeant Noifa. The police were stationed in Tabibuga.

A man from the Karap area was wanted for questioning by the police. The sergeant and a constable arrive at Karap which was about an hour’s drive from Tabibuga and begin talking to the local elders. The police are patient and calm.

The elders send word to the wanted man. An hour later the wanted man comes down from the hills above Karap and after talking to the police go with them back to Tabibuga.

The sergeant was well respected by the people and did not need to use force.

At the same time - if police are overworked, underpaid, and badly housed, - there unfortunately will be the temptation to use force.

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