500+ police officers to work in lockdown

More than 500 police officers will be deployed during the lockdown exercise operation next week.

COVID-19 Police Operation Commander Simpson Pogeava says the lockdown will start at 6pm on August 29, finishing at 6am on August 31.

Mr Pogeava says police are supporting the Ministry of Health and Medical Services as the leading agency to test their response capabilities should there be any community transmission when borders reopen.

Pogeava says from the police operational perspective, there will be six sub-zone boundaries from Poha Bridge in North West Guadalcanal to Alligator Creek in the Eastern side of Honiara International Airport. Within those sub-zones, there are 10 checkpoints within Honiara and part of Guadalcanal policing jurisdiction.

He says police are working on other essential services to be exempted during the lockdown.

“I kindly ask everyone to prepare ahead for this lockdown. Stock up your homes with food and other necessities to keep you for that period.

“Be mindful, though it is a lockdown exercise but police will arrest and charge those who breach it. I ask you, my good people in Honiara, to stay home during the lockdown. Other essential services will be exempted and work during the lockdown period to attend other essential services,” says Pogeava. 


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