Holiday crackdown nabs offenders

Police say their drive to stamp out crime in the run up to Christmas is paying huge dividends with many offences being detected.

‘Traditionally, the upcoming holiday season brings with it associated police problems such as public order, noise, alcohol related issues and traffic problems,’ a press release noted.

‘To help address this, the RCIPS established an operation team to work alongside the regular patrol and shift officers on duty.’

The team is already seeing huge signs of success and over the last week they have dealt with various crimes including:

Driving under the influence of alcohol – 3

Seat belt offences – 2

Traffic Tickets issued – 6

Possession of ganja – 3

Disorderly conduct – 2

Resisting arrest 1

The following weapons have been recovered during searches:

Machete – 1

Knives – 2

Flick knife – 1

Crow bar – 1

Butterfly knife – 1

Ratchet knife – 1

Six roadblocks have also been carried out by the operation team.

Numerous visits have also been made to liquor licensed premises and the RCIPS would like to thank the licence holders for the support and co-operation.

Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan commented: ‘We are committed to reducing crime and the fear of crime and we will continue to provide proactive, intelligence-led policing throughout the holiday season and beyond. It is disappointing to see so many offences being detected and our message to those thinking about breaking the law is simple – you will be caught and brought to justice.’