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Police launches Operation Season’s Greetings across Northern Ireland


The Police Service of Northern Ireland has lthis week launched their annual Christmas operation which aims to keep people safe in the run up to Christmas.


Operation Season’s Greetings will ensure that resources are deployed across all districts in Northern Ireland to deter and detect criminality and provide visible reassurance to the public.


District Commander for Mid and East Antrim Superintendent, Gillian Kearney said:


“I am pleased to announce the launch of Operation Seasons Greetings today. This year will see a focus on public safety across a range of priorities including shopping, roads and transport, safety in the home and your safety when out and about and socialising. We have teamed up with partners such as Translink and Retail NI to deliver guidance and ensure everyone has the best experience possible.



“We will be conducting patrols right across the country with the aim of detecting and preventing crime and reassuring communities of our aim to keep people safe.


“Our Safe Transport Team is also working closely with Translink to ensure passenger and staff safety across the public transport network at this busy time of year. Translink will also provide a range of additional late night services to assist people to get safely home.



“Of course we can be much more effective if we work together, so I would like people to think ahead this festive season and how they can help prevent becoming the victim of a crime.  I would encourage people to go to our website (www.psni.police.uk/christmas ) where they will find a range of useful crime prevention and safety advice.


“Whether you are planning a festive night out,  considering shopping online, concerned about the best way to secure your home or if you are just not sure of the best way to contact the police, there is a wealth of information on our website which everyone will find useful.



“This year our operation will have a particular focus on violence against women and girls therefore we will seek to increase our presence in nightlife areas and work with the hospitality industry and other partners to improve safety in public spaces.


“We will also take active steps to support all victims of domestic abuse. In the past we have seen an increase in domestic abuse incidents over the Christmas period and we want all victims to know that we are here for them. If you need the police, please call us on 101, or 999 in an emergency,” added Superintendent Kearney.


Ian Campbell, Translink Director of Service Operations, said of the launch:


“We’re encouraging everyone across Northern Ireland to use public transport this festive season for safe, convenient and great value journeys whether it’s for shopping, socialising or some festive entertainment.



“We want everyone to enjoy the busy lead-up to Christmas and will be operating additional late-night bus, coach and train services to help people get home safely and in comfort. Our staff will be working hard to keep everyone on the move, often driving in heavy traffic or managing busy stations and platforms, so we would ask everyone to support and respect our teams.


“We will also be working closely with the Police Service of Northern Ireland and its Safe Transport Team to ensure the safety of our staff and customers and would encourage everyone to check our website or social media channels to find out more about our Christmas travel package and to plan their festive journeys.”



Glyn Roberts Retail NI Chief Executive said of the launch:


“This is the most important time of the year for our local retail sector. We urge consumers to stay safe, be vigilant of shop lifters, plan their shopping trips and be kind with hardworking retail staff.


“We also appeal to our members to work with the police to ensure shoppers and staff are safe this festive season.”


For more information on the Police Service of Northern Ireland go to - https://www.psni.police.uk/

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