Police Service launches “Operation Father Christmas” for safe yuletide

By
Dennis Osei-Gyamfi/Desmond O. Nyarko, GNA

Accra, Dec. 6, GNA –
The Ghana Police Service on Thursday launched a special operation exercise
designed to offer protection from activities of criminals during and after the
yuletide.

The exercise,
tagged; “Operation Father Christmas,” expected to last 45 days, was also a
confidence building measure to assure all and sundry of their safety and
security.

Activities preceding
the launch included a ‘Show of Force’ where some selected officers paraded
through some principal streets of Accra to make their presence palpable and
affirm public confidence.

According to the
Police Administration, the operation would involve robust confidence building
through a 24-hour police mobile and foot patrol in communities across the
country.

Mr David
Asante-Apeatu, the Inspector General of Police, launching the operation, said
the Police Service had a vision to be a world-class organisation capable of
delivering planned, democratic, protective and peaceful services of
international standards.

He noted that they
had earlier launched the Police Transformation Agenda anchored on the
Government’s 13 Strategic Objectives to modernise the Police Service.

Mr Asante-Apeatu
said in line with the broader Transformational Agenda, there was an ongoing
restructuring of the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) to stop the
carnage on the roads by ensuring professional conduct of officers.

He said the
operation would bring the Police closer to the public and ensure that people
celebrated the festive season free from fear of crime and unruly behaviours.

“To criminals out
there who think Christmas and new year seasons are conducive times to engage in
your nefarious activities, re-think: think about your life, think about the
name and image of your family and be real to yourself that the Police, with
support from sister security agencies, will not relax in our effort to provide
security for law abiding citizens,” he said.

The IGP commended
the officers for their commitment and dedication to duty and assured them that
a lot had been done to address their concerns.

He said the fire
power of the Service would be improved and more vehicles would be received to
improve on mobility and enhance operations in 2019.

He urged the public
to support the Police Service in its operations during the festive season to
make it one of the most peaceful and memorable yuletides in the nation’s
history.

GNA

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