Hanover Park residents, especially those disobeying the law, were greeted by the crime fighting spirit of the new recruits at Philippi Police Station over the weekend. On Friday 29 and Saturday 30 July, the new recruits were accompanied by Philippi station commander Colonel Dennis Abels and his team of visible policing officers.This was to give the new recruits guidance and assistance in the successful combatting of crime. Philippi police spokesperson Captain Lance Goliath says several homes and people were searched in identified areas where crime is mostly generated in Hanover Park.“This crime prevention operation resulted in the arrest of a few suspects for possession of drugs as well as the confiscation of liquor at illegal liquor outlets. “The suspects appeared in the Athlone Magistrates on various charges relating to illegal possession drugs and dealing in liquor,” Goliath confirms. Goliath says Philippi police detectives also succeeded in the tracing and arresting of 16 wanted suspects for whom warrants of arrest were issued. The criminals also appeared in court yesterday (Monday).“Some of the charges indicated on the warrants of arrest include possession of drugs and escape whilst in police custody. Police maintained a high rate of visibility throughout the policing precinct,” Goliath says. The station commander Colonel Dennis Abels says police will continue clamping down on crime and the perpetrators thereof. Police will maintain their zero tolerance approach in the combatting and investigation of crime.