Christmas is here again with its attendant’s security and safety issues. It is therefore important that the state and individuals put in place comprehensive security plans to ensure that the season is observed without mishap to life and property.
As part of its security arrangements, the Ghana Police Service has put on its calendar what it has christened Operation Father Christmas.
It is a special exercise designed to offer enhanced protection to the public from the activities of criminals and law breakers in general.
It is also a confidence building measure to assure members of the public of their safety and security.
It is an undeniable fact that during festive occasions there is an increase in the movement of persons and goods across the country.
This situation unfortunately makes it easy for criminals to commit acts which include stealing, shop lifting, pick pocketing, robberies, assault and sexual offences.
Again, it is on such occasion that commercial drivers desire to make unreasonable profit, engage in all manner of dangerous or reckless acts on the road, thus leading to road fatalities.
To forestall these criminal acts and indiscipline, the service has undertaken such operations to ensure that no law breaker has a field day and also to create a desirable atmosphere for the public to celebrate the season peacefully.
To achieve this, a robust police patrol has been deployed throughout the country.
A patrol involving both foot and mechanized surveillance has been increased.
Patrols on the highways have also been enhanced and extended to cover other crime prone zones or routes to ensure that people do not travel in fear.
It is now safer to travel on routes such as; • Tinga – Bamboi – Bole – Wa Highway • Techiman – Tamale Highway • Bolga–Navrongo – Paga Highway • Bolga – Tumu Highway • Accra – Aflao Highway • Accra – Takoradi Highway • Accra – Kumasi Highway • Kumasi – Yeji Highway and Accra – Kpando – Dambai – Nkwanta Highway.
Besides these Patrols, the Police administration has also called for intensification of snap checks at crime prone areas in order for personnel to intercept criminals.
Operation Father Christmas 2016 is not only limited to hard core Policing but has added the community Policing component to crime reduction.
In this regard there will also be joint Patrols with Neighbourhood Watch groups, All During this year’s launch of Operation Father Christmas in Accra, the Director – General Operation, COP Christian Tetteh Yohunu, announced that the informant reward system is still in place and encouraged the public to provide the Police with credible information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of suspected criminals.
The public is therefore urged to abide by safety and security tips as the police provides enhanced security nationwide to ensure a crime free Christmas and new year.
BY DSP Freeman Tettey