Police have called for an incident free Carnival just days away from the February 20-21 national event.
Superintendent of Police David Andrew told a press conference on Wednesday that police will have a zero tolerance approach to acts of violence during the festivities.
“We want to partner with the general public and all organizers to ensure that we can make this year’s carnival a peaceful and very quiet one. We want to let you know and let the public know that we as police officers and law enforcers will be adopting, we’re not saying a zero tolerance approach this year. We are saying we will be developing a rigid and robust enforcement approach this year in policing carnival to ensure that everything is going to work and work well,” Andrew said.
He indicated that there will be a strict policy against offensive weapons which includes firearms, cutlasses, knives, sticks and stones, bottles either empty or containing liquid, or any article which can be used for offensive purposes.
“It also speaks to noisy instruments…which includes any apparatus, device, musical instrument, or radio, by means of by which sounds may be mechanically or electronically can be produced or reproduced,” he said.
Andrew also pointed out that persons must be clothed decently and conduct themselves in an orderly manner.
Disorderly conduct remains an offense, he warned.