Police Launch Op Father Xmas

The Police Administration has launched a project dubbed ‘Operation Father Christmas’ at its headquarters in Accra.

The event which was held on last Friday was attended by a large number of senior police officers including members of the Police Management and Advisory Board (POMAB)

‘Operation Father Christmas’ according to the Director General of CID, COP Prosper Kwame Ablorh, is a special exercise designed to offer enhanced protection to residents of the country from criminals and miscreants.

Mr. Ablorh explained that ‘Operation Father Christmas ‘has become very necessary to curb the increase in road carnages, crime and other anti social vices that characterize festive periods.

He said aside crime, motorists also take advantage of the large crowds of passengers at various terminals to engage in reckless driving which results in road casualties hence the need to check them.

Speaking on the strategies the police have adopted to deal with the issues, the CID boss mentioned among others, highway patrols, visibility patrols, snap check points, road and community policing and restriction of the use of fire crackers.

He appealed to members of the public to volunteer intelligence on the activities of criminals reiterating that the police reward system is still in force for people who volunteer useful information leading to the arrest of criminals.

The Director General, Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), DCOP Angwubutoge Awuni was happy that there has been a steady decline in crime rate during festive periods since 2011 and hope it would improve this year(2015).

The MTTD Boss indicated that though a number of speed guns have been supplied to arrest reckless drivers, the MTTD has started also a series of nationwide training session for drivers at various transport terminals to ensure safety of commuters during the yuletide.

DCOP Awuni entreated passengers to be assertive enough to ensure that drivers of vehicles they board or are travelling on comply with road regulations and traffic signals adding that policing is a shared responsibility.

By Solomon Ofori

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