The National, Thursday 13th September, 2012
By JUNIOR UKAHA
POLICE in the National Capital District will conduct a special operation during the Independence Day celebration this weekend, Met Supt Peter Guinness said yesterday. Guinness said in Port Moresby yesterday the purpose of the operation was to maintain peace, calm and order during the celebrations. More than 300 policemen and women, including members of the special services division at McGregor police barracks, would be involved in the operation. He said all strategic locations in the city would be covered, including Ela Beach, Jack Pidik Park, Sir John Guise Stadium and the University of Papua New Guinea where celebrations are scheduled to be held. “Rowdy mobs, drunkards and opportunists will be targeted,” he said. Guinness said people who were under the influence of alcohol should not think of visiting the sites where the celebrations were taking place as police would patrol those places. “I urge residents to be security conscious,” he said. “Many bad things can happen while we are in the mood of celebrating. “I urge families to celebrate peacefully in the comfort of their homes,” he said. Guinness said people must reflect on the meaning of independence and celebrate it in its true spirit instead of drinking large volumes of alcohol and becoming a nuisance on the streets and in public areas.