BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – CELEBRATION for this year’s Carnival has already begun and the police are urging the public to adhere to the traditional security protocols in order to ensure a safe Sugar Mas 48.
This call was made by the Commander of Division ‘A’, Superintendent Cromwell Henry, during his appearance on a recent ‘Policing With You’ programme aired on ZIZ.
A police press release informed that Henry took the opportunity to reminded members of the public of their obligation to assist in the Police Force’s peacekeeping effort during the Carnival season.
“This is the 48th edition of Carnival and I’m sure, by now, the general public knows what is expected from them with respect to security…We are reminding you of your obligation as citizens to assist in keeping the peace.”
Supt. Henry spoke to some of the security measures that would be implemented and enforced, noting that for major events such as J’Ouvert, where large crowds would be gathered, the police would be heavily enforcing the “no glass bottle” policy to prevent bottles being used as weapons.
He also highlighted the importance of persons being aware of their surroundings, especially in large crowds with the major upcoming events.
The Divisional Commander warned that the police would be closely monitoring vendors who occupy spaces in downtown Basseterre without the proper approvals from the Carnival Committee during Sugar Mas.
He explained that existing legislation permits the Carnival Committee to charge a fee for the use of spaces in Basseterre within the Carnival area for the sale of goods.
The public was also reminded that they should report any suspicious or illegal activity during the Carnival season by calling the Crime Hotline at 707.