By DULCIE OREKE
GENERAL orders for the Christmas and New Year operation for the National Capital District were issued to all police station commanders and sectional heads at the Boroko police station yesterday afternoon.
The operation for this year, called “Niupela Sindaun”, comes into effect after its launch tomorrow, according to NCD police commander Chief Supt Fred Yakasa.
At a briefing yesterday, Chief Supt Yakasa said the operation was nothing new but a traditional event which was staged annually to ensure that the people enjoyed the festive period in the true meaning of Christmas and New Year.
Niupela Sindaun has four phases that includes the pre-Christmas operations, the actual operation itself, technicalities and winding down.
He congratulated his men for maintaining crime at a manageable level this year.
During the briefing, Chief Supt Yakasa highlighted several successful operations staged throughout the year including the Joyce Meyer concert, the non-governmental organisation and student protest, the anti-Asian riots, and the recent PNG Games leading up to the current Christmas period.
He said despite some challenges faced this year, he praised the command for a job well done.
Chief Supt Yakasa added that police were anticipating an increase in the number of people and social activities during the holiday period.
One of the frequent problems was the traffic congestion being experienced at Waigani and Bomana drives.
About 1,000 police personnel will be assigned for this year’s Niupela Sindaun operation.
Chief Supt Yakasa said the personnel would be from the reserve units such as the officers from the administration, divisional staff, traffic and police band.
The main tasks anticipated are road blocks and foot beat patrols.
He said this year’s tasks were very detailed unlike the previous years, which should give no excuse of police personnel missing out on beat patrol.