The National News Agency Antara reports that the Bali police will deploy 1,700 officers backed up by 1,300 members of the armed forces, provincial enforcement agencies and other government departments to keep the peace and maintain public order during the Christmas and New Year period 2012-2013.
Outgoing Bali Police chief Budi Gunawan commented at a practice exercise in anticipation of the coming holidays held in Renon. “The target of our operations during the coming Christmas and New Years period is to ensure all runs smoothly, safely and conducive.”
According to Gunawan, the deployment of personnel and equipment over the holiday period will be concentrated in key areas surrounding churches, protocol avenues, shopping areas, entertainment centers, tourist attractions and main traffic areas.
The police have also prepared 32 special police posts and service centers for the holiday season.
The special operation by police over the holidays has been given the code name “Operasi Lilin 2012” (Operation Candlelight 2012) that will run from December 23, 2012 until January 1, 2013.
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