ANY police officer in the Northern Division applying for leave during this festive season will not be granted the opportunity.
This is all part of efforts to beef up patrols and security not only in the urban centres but also in rural areas to ensure a crime-free society this festive season.
Divisional police commander northern SSP Naulumatua Lutunacaucau yesterday said police heads in the division met over the weekend to map out strategies that would enhance their operations this season.
"Only 20 officers were granted their leave because they applied beforehand in August," SSP Lutunacaucau
The rest will have to work until mid next month before they can apply for their leave.
"Our intention is to increase our visibilities in shopping complexes, roads, banks and also in rural areas.
"These are the key areas we are looking at because we don't want any form of criminal activity to take place.
"We will also be strengthening our community policing visits and also the profiling of known criminals in the North."
SSP Lutunacaucau said such an initiative was worth the sacrifice to ensure the people of the North enjoyed their festive season without any criminal activity.
"We will also set up roadblocks and officers will be on a 12-hour shift and this will continue until next month. Our officers have been informed of the initiative and we are doing this to ensure law and order is maintained."