Security plans in place for Borough Day celebrations
Seven hundred and fifty officers of the Police Service and other arms of the National Security Ministry will be deployed to ensure the safety and security of all patrons during Borough Day celebrations this weekend.
This weekend’s celebrations mark the 37th Anniversary of the Point Fortin Borough.
J’Ouvert, the highlight of the celebrations, begins at 4am with the Parade of Bands and ends at 10 am.
Celebrations continue from 2pm with Traditional Mas, followed by Pan on the Move which will involve the parade of 14 steel bands. This ends at midnight.
Authorities expect the attendance of around 40,000 people at the event.
Festivities culminate with a Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday 7 May.
To ensure police visibility, Point Fortin Borough Police, Traffic Wardens and Licencing Officers will be deployed alongside police officers to ensure the safety and security of all people attending the celebrations.
Uniformed and plain clothes officers will be in attendance, while several anti-crime initiatives will be conducted during the period.
Temporary Traffic Restrictions in place for the weekend are available on the Police Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Citizens are advised to look out for information in today’s and tomorrow’s newspapers on the Taxi Stands relocation and Exit Routes.
Wreckers will be in operation to remove improperly parked vehicles which will be impounded at the Mahaica Oval and Engineering Services located opposite the Open Bible Church. An Information Booth will be located at the Frisco Gas station.
Citizens are asked to comply with instructions from law enforcement personnel, conduct themselves in a responsible manner and refrain from arming themselves with weapons.
The Police Service is also reminding the public that DUI Teams will be on duty.
Young women are reminded to remain in groups and update relatives and friends of their whereabouts.
The Police Service also appealed to parents and guardians to ensure that children are placed in a safe environment and properly supervised.