The Royal Grenada Police Force has outlined its plans and strategies for the 2019 carnival operations in order to ensure a safe and secure carnival season.
At a media briefing held at the Police Headquarters on Monday, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Jessmon Prince highlighted a number of actions that would be executed over the 2019 carnival, which include the execution of warrants and the collection of fines, a zero tolerance on offensive weapons, activities relating to drug interdiction, fixed penalty tickets and the overall sensitization of the public on safety and security from fire and road safety.
ACP Prince noted that the objective of the plan is to create and sustain an enabling environment that gives all citizens and visitors a sense of safety and security during the carnival season. “We hope to achieve this plan by continuing to apply anti-crime strategies; namely public education through the use of the various media houses and pamphlet distribution, we hope the public will adhere to crime prevention tips as disseminated via print, radio, television and social media platforms, traffic management in the town and at each major event”, he stated.
According to the Assistant Commissioner, the RGPF will also be applying some varying security initiatives and affect a complete mobilization of its human resources commencing from August 6th, to form part of the operational forces for the rest of the season. An exercise of its comprehensive command, control and communication mechanism to give effect to the operational synergy among departments will also be realized.
He went on to say that the RGPF will be partnering with private security companies to augment manpower at many of the mass crowd events, the deliverance of assertive policing at all events, the implementation of preventative patrols of officers throughout the island at nights with emphasis on hotspots and vulnerable communities, enhanced quick response capability at all districts and divisional level.
In order to curb the growing number of recent road accidents; ASP Prince revealed that speed checking will also be part of their operational thrust for the carnival season. “We hope to commence the implementation of our Breathalyzer operation laws, which is soon to be regulated and drafted,” he said
He encouraged the general public to make use of hotlines numbers; # 444-1958, 400, 911 or call the nearest police station to informer of illegal activities or suspected illegal activities. He extended commendation to the men and women of the RGPF, who have been working tirelessly within their power to keep Grenada safe.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Richard Langdon, Officer in Charge of the Traffic Department revealed a slight increased in road accidents for the first quarter of 2019, citing nine hundred and sixty-nine (969) compared to nine hundred and sixty-six (966) for the first quarter of 2018.
ASP Langdon continued that for the carnival operations 2019, plans are in place to increase police patrols, speed and traffic checks as well as an increase in ongoing media programs informing the public on the prevention of accidents. The police also intend to increase signage so that person would be better informed as to the speed limits in the different areas.