The absence of a police station in Kparblee Administrative District is undermining the smooth operation of the New Yourpea Magisterial Court.
Speaking to this newspaper recently in New Yourpea, Associate Magistrate Augustine Gaytay said owing to the lack of police services in the district, defendants refuse to honor calls from the court to respond to charges leveled against them.
The court, which is operating from an old warehouse, is also packed with suspects who face charges, including disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, robbery, aggregated assault and terroristic threats.
“Most defendants are in the habit of refusing our writ and even challenging our authority, because there are no police officers to help enforce their arrest,” said Samson G. S. Sayon, one of the office staff at the court. “Our bailiffs are not on payroll, neither is the private security working here.”
Kparblee District is located between Tappita and Buutuo, where there is a police station, but takes about a four-hour drive to get to any of the points.
Since Kparblee falls under the jurisdiction of Tappita Statutory District, the Tappita Police Depot monitors activities in the district, which makes it difficult for officers to respond to situations, according to officers at the Tappita Police Depot.
Last year, a soccer tournament between Old and New Yourpea ended in violence during which properties were vandalized before police arrived from Tappita.
Kparblee has a long border with La Cote d’Ivoire, where most of the border points are porous, thereby making it difficult to maintain law and order, according to security officers at the border.
Mr. Sayon called on the government to open a police depot in the district.
“This court is serving people in communities here and police presence will serve a very useful purpose,” Sayon said.