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.”