Acting Commissioner Warns Carnival Patrons
Patrons attending upcoming carnival events were told to desist from disorderly and violent behaviour as police will be out in their numbers to stamp out such actions.
The warning came from Acting Police Commissioner Milton Desir today during a press briefing to outline the police force’s security and traffic management plans for carnival activities at the Sab Playing Field, Vigie.
All events directly related to carnival, like the King and Queen of the Bands slated for tomorrow night, Panorama Finals (Friday night) National Calypso Finals (Saturday night), National Soca Monarch (Sunday night) are to be staged at the Sab Playing Field. The Parade of the Carnival Bands the following Monday and Tuesday starts from Mega Stores at Choc to Castries.
“As we approach the peak of the carnival season, it is expected that large crowds will attend the events especially the parade of the bands on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. The intention of the police during these activities will be to maintain law and order to ensure the safety of performers, revelers, spectators and the general public at large, and to manage the flow of traffic to ensure compliance with traffic signs and signals,” Desir said.
He added that all measures are in place to avoid any disruption of carnival events and called on his officers to ensure that their conduct and interaction with the public are guided by the police standing orders, the police act and regulations and any laws related to their job.
He stressed that the security and traffic management plans are designed to deal with any challenges that may arise during an event.
“A number of agencies will support the police to ensure the execution of the security and traffic management plans. They include the Events Company of St. Lucia, the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO), private security, the St. Lucia Fire Service, Ministry of Health and the St. Lucia Red Cross,” Desir said.
“The public is hereby advised that they should enjoy themselves to the fullest, however, the police will not tolerate disorderly and violent behaviour. Searches will be conducted at various points to ensure that persons do not have in their possession weapons such as firearms, knives, scissors or any order such item which is likely to cause personal injury to onlookers,” Desir added.
He called on vendors to obtain the required licenses or permits to operate and sell, for intoxicating liquor not to be sold or given to minors and for breakable bottles not to be handed out as they could be used as weapons by individuals.
“If any offence is committed during that period persons will be arrested and detained for committing those offences,” he said.