The north Colombian city of Barranquilla aims to guarantee the safety of its inhabitants with 3,800 police officers over the festive season, El Heraldo reports.
Local Health Secretary Luis Mosocos said that his office had developed different programs aimed at reducing risks over Christmas.
One program tries to prevent illegal fireworks sales, particularly to minors. The official explained that one of the objectives of this program is to teach Barranquilla’s inhabitants to use fireworks responsibly. Another campaign focuses on preventing the illegal sale of alcohol.
One program aims to raise awareness of food poisoning, which drastically increases over Christmas and New Year.
Increased security forces will be working from 5AM to 7PM during the festive season to provide security in the city center and allow people to do their Christmas shopping without interruptions.
Other Colombian cities have increased their police force over the Christmas season.