Police cleared roadblocks a group was trying to set up around the King George to Burns Creek area yesterday afternoon.
This came as police announced the launch of a major security operation to target the current lawlessness experiences in parts of Honiara.
“Additional officers have been deployed and are patrolling Honiara and surrounding communities,” acting police commissioner Juanita Matanga announced.
“A number of Police Units have been utilized in this operation which has increase police manpower.
“Police Operations Officers are already assisting general duty officers with patrols and a variety of other policing tasks,” she said.
Matanga reminded the public that with the launching of the security operation, police are more prepared and have the response capability to attend to any disorder situation.
“We are utilising all available resources and we are not taking any chances.
“Police officers deployed under the operation will not tolerate any nuisances and disorderly behaviour.”
The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force operation is also benefitting from the strong support that is currently provided by the RAMSI’s Participating Police Force (PPF).
Matanga also strongly urged members of the public to refrain from involving in illegal activities and to stay at home.
“While I appreciate the responsible attitude displayed by the most members of the public, you are warned not to take advantage of the situation and get involved in unlawful activities,” she said.
“I call on members of the public to stay at home and exercise restraint and refrain from going out unless it is absolutely necessary.”
She said they are already responding to a group of individuals who are trying to setup roadblocks around the King George to Burn’s Creek area yesterday evening.
“Police will continue with patrol but may also set-up random check points in and around the town boundary if it is required.
“Police are also calling on members of the public to support police with their operation by providing any information relating to the unlawful activities and also information on anyone or group who may want to take advantage of the situation to cause additional nuisance.
“The police call is also extended to community elders, church leaders and NGOs such civil society groups or community support groups to help in educating our people to stay away from such illegal activities.
“The police operation will continue on to tomorrow (today) and will depend on security assessments to either scale down the operation or extend.
“The current disorder situation is the result of the behaviour and attitude a few unruly individuals within our communities but police has continued to get huge support from the public and we are looking forward for the continued public assistance.
“Any information that can assist police with their operation can be phoned in through the Police Communication Centre’s toll free numbers on 23666 the emergency number 999,” Matanga said.