Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast has expressed appreciation to the public for the cooperation shown during events prior and during the festive season.
“Events such as the national and provincial elections, including the festive season were peaceful because of the public’s cooperation,” Mr Prendergast said.
He said alcohol related issues, anti social behaviours and domestic violence are issues normally faced by communities but police will turn their focus on these issues this year.
“We would like to inform the public that police will be dealing with those issues so they need to be careful,” he said.
Mr Prendergast added that the liquor ban has played a crucial role in the peace and calm.
“It was very clear when the liquor ban was imposed, there was a low rate of crime and when the ban was removed, crime rates started to increase again.
“However it is understandable that liquor cannot be banned throughout the year so we would like to engage with communities in ensuring these related issues are avoided and stopped,” he added.
He said this should involve educating the public on the responsible use of alcohol and awareness on the work of police.
By BRADFORD THEONOMI