Police send strong warning to Carnival revellers

Valentine said the police will be felt not only seen
Valentine said the police will be felt not only seen

The police have said security will be heightened to prevent criminal activities during the two days of Carnival street jump up on February 8th and 9th.

“Carnival 2016, I must say, will be policed in a manner that will provide no opportunity for criminal activity,” Assistant Superintendent of Police, Richmond Valentine said while speaking at the final Carnival press conference on Wednesday. “Therefore, I strongly caution those individuals who have any intentions of committing any act of violence, or any act of criminality.”

According to Valentine, anyone found committing criminal acts, “the police officers who are on the streets will remove them from the band and take them to a place of safety for the duration of the two days of street jump up.”

“The next time you will see the streets of Roseau will be on ash Wednesday,” he warned.

Valentine also made it clear that the police presence during this year’s Carnival celebrations will not only be seen but it will be felt.

Furthermore, he stated revellers should not enter bands with weapons.

“On the two days of jump up, do not come in the band with any ice pick, any scissors, any nail files, or any screw driver,” Valentine stated. “So if you are a mechanic, leave your tools at your home, because you will have no justifiable reason when you are apprehended with an offensive weapon in your possession on that day.”

In reference to the vendors he called on them to assist the police in ensuring that offensive weapons are not carried in the band.

“They can do so by not selling drinks glass bottles,” he noted. “You can be held as an accessory to committing an offense because the Carnival order says a glass bottle, empty or full is considered an offensive weapon.”

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27 Comments

  1. UDOHREADYET
    February 8, 2016

    Drinking and Dancing with your woman or man enjoying cultural music is not an excuse for violence. its the people that cannot understand the purpose of carnival that lack self control who spoil it for everyone else. Carnival is a historical activity of self expression and freedom from time of slavery, Bacchanal is a Roman religion of paganism. they are not the same. Know your history, more importantly know yourself.

  2. February 7, 2016

    If you removed the alcohol, semi-nudity, lewdness, and debauchery from carnival the people most apt to commit criminal acts would not be there.

    It is what carnival is that attracts the pleasure mad throng with no moral boundaries. Too bad when a nation’s main event of the year intended to draw visitors from near and far is such a spawning ground for vice that you have both the bishop and the police cautioning the people not to misbehave and asking them to avoid lawlessness.

    Let the people of God come together and pray for the healing of the nation. Let them then have a Jesus march with bands playing gospel music, and floats sponsored by evangelical churches holding high scripture texts telling God’s plan of salvation. Finally there should be a massive HOLD JESUS HIGHER RALLY with singing groups from various churches, and a fiery evangelist with a good news message calling
    people to salvation through faith in Christ.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill, Evangelist. :lol:

  3. DA4REAL
    February 6, 2016

    Are you Dominicans that ignorant that you would take what the police officer said and use it as a political gimmick and attack Skerrit? This level of ignorance stems from your illiterate minds.why dont people stop attacking the leader of your country in such manner.. By reading some of your comments I have realized that educated people would not speak like that..ONLY ILLITERATE IDIOTS DO.

  4. dady b
    February 6, 2016

    i will come da after the war to tell u about the gream. this is the king talking

  5. karri
    February 5, 2016

    What does the officer’s statement, warning all those who have bad intentions to be aware, tell me what does that have to do with Politics papa bojay! Nah man all u people sick!

  6. papa
    February 5, 2016

    That’s police have a problem are u all screening people so what crap u talking

  7. KID ON THE BLOCK
    February 4, 2016

    Yes sah! UWP supporters ignorant! Just read some of the comments; By their fruit(arrogance) you can know them.

    • Common sense
      February 5, 2016

      Everybody has a RIGHT to their opinion.

  8. My Take
    February 4, 2016

    “According to Valentine, anyone found committing criminal acts, “the police officers who are on the streets will remove them from the band.”

    In the 70’s,80’s,90’s up to 2003, police officers were well respected and when they spoke everyone listened. Alas papa bodier, such is not the case today! They are behaving like girls with period, as they allow Skerrit and carbon to make them look and sound like paros.

    I mean yesterday it was PM Skerrit that called on his supporters to provoke members and supporters of the UWP, and when one thinks of the timing of that meeting, one would conclude that he was referring to the carnival, though he tried to hide it with plane, funeral and his nonsense.

    Today the police coming with their warning but said absolutely nothing about it, not even to condemn the act of provoking people, which could lead to violence. These guys ONLY seem bent on protecting Skerrit and careless about lawlessness.

    In areal country Skerrit would have been…

    • Common sense
      February 5, 2016

      In A real country Skerrit would have been held responsible for his behaviour, by a real police force, but Alas, we have neither.

  9. Doc. Love
    February 4, 2016

    Are you afraid of Skeritt, this is the Dominican that need to be warned. :mrgreen:

  10. Fedup #1
    February 4, 2016

    Police need to send a similar message to PM Skerrit. After all, his reckless statements only 2 days ago are more deserving of a warning.

    • Leah
      February 5, 2016

      No sense!!! stupes

    • UDOHREADYET
      February 8, 2016

      what is the obsession with the Prime Minister? Its beyond ridiculous at this point, what does police action concerning carnival revelers which is public safety concern for everyone participating somehow become a prime minister issue?

  11. February 4, 2016

    Go after Skerrit, he is making your job harder :-D

  12. 4cars
    February 4, 2016

    “Valentine also made it clear that the police presence during this year’s Carnival celebrations will not only be seen but it will be felt.” Nowadays every dick tom and harry are using threatening words / language. The officer is not hopeful for a peaceful reveling; and why should he? Is carnival! Rum and roughing up and jump up is BACANAL!!!! So why de police think it must be “peaceful?” Boy, I just don’t understand dis world. He is saying “indirectly,” that you can drink, get drunk, curse, roll your naked body on a man booby but keep your head straight. My church is going to the beach for the carnival, and we don’t need no police warning. This is the sweet life. Thank you Jesus.

    • Ignatius Blackman
      February 4, 2016

      But yet your blog name is ‘4cars’. And your church is going to the beach for the carnival. How nice.

      Yet you’re on DNO commenting about something you don’t believe in.

      You all ‘born-again christians’ does really kill me. :lol:

      • 4cars
        February 6, 2016

        Just Die, then. What’s in a name? Your mind is warped. :twisted:

      • 4cars
        February 6, 2016

        @ Blackman : Had my name been 3cars, would that have made you a better person? You are just a hypocrite, that’s all.

    • me
      February 4, 2016

      Taking carnival to the beach.. that sounds nice too :D

    • fugi
      February 5, 2016

      One we do not want to know where your church is going. No one cares!
      Two, see the name. You so-called Christians need to stop make mockery of God
      Three, you sound like a real clown

    • UDOHREADYET
      February 8, 2016

      being drink and dancing with your woman or man enjoying cultural music is not an excuse for violence. its the people that cannot understand the purpose of carnival that lack self control who spoil it for everyone else. Carnival is a historical activity of self expression and freedom from time of slavery, Bacchanal is a Roman religion of paganism. they are not the same. Know your history, more importantly know yourself.

  13. sandra
    February 4, 2016

    Prime minister Skerrit has given his supports permission to provoke the opposition party members. This can also led to violent. God help Dominica

  14. Lead singer
    February 4, 2016

    This is confusing. Just yesterday, pm Skerrit, who vows to protect all of us, fired up his supporters to attack members of the UWP, (I understood it to mean during carnival ), and without condemning the call of Lord Skerrit, police talking about their presence

  15. Floridian diaspora
    February 4, 2016

    After our dearly beloved most holy law abiding citizen Dr. R Skeritt instigated violence the other night, now you want to come with your garden hose and water things down? Go talk to your P.M. Are you scared of him? You ignoring the source of the problem and you want to place limitations on our recreation. Garcon behave yourself. That secrete payroll Skeritt have that corrupt police force on allowing the master of the universe to say anything in a public meeting and get away with it but you want to apprehend the trusted defensive mechanisms our people might have on standby to defend themselves in the potential carnival civil war. Unlike previous years, bringing our tools and toys to the show this time around is necessary because of what your supreme leader instigated the other night at his most productive meeting to date.

  16. too late
    February 4, 2016

    Good warning inspector. also please warn mr skerrit about his behavior

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