Chief of Police, Daniel Carbon, has advised the public to observe the guidelines for Carnival, set out by the Police.
He asked, at a press conference on Carnival, that weapons of all kinds be kept away from the festivities, and added that persons who are accosted for bearing weapons will have no reasonable excuse for doing so.
“…any stick, stone, knife or cutlass, ice pick, scissors, screw driver, and most importantly, glass bottle—whether empty or full,” he said, on Friday. “So, on the two days of jump up, if you are a mechanic, leave your tools at your house, because you will have no justifiable reason when you are accosted by a police officer in the band, after you have been searched, that you are a mechanic. That will not be a justifiable reason, so leave your tools in your tool kit, at your house.”
Carbon appealed to vendors to sell drinks from non-breakable containers, in order to lessen the likelihood of weapons being present in the band. He stated that punishment would be dealt to any vendors caught doing otherwise.
“And to the vendors—I must mention that—they need to assist us to ensure glass bottles are not carried on the Carnival route in the band. So, I’m appealing to them again, get your paper cups, your plastic cups, and serve the drinks that you are selling,” he noted. “Because if you are caught, that may well be your last opportunity to sell anything on that day. So, we are again soliciting your support.”
Meantime, truckers are asked to ensure that the trucks are equipped with additional lights, and a search light to project light in areas where there is “disorderly conduct.” Trucks must also contain a fire extinguisher, and proper protective equipment for handling the wires on the trucks. No more than eight persons must be on the last platform of the truck. Guardrails must also be present on the trucks.
Police will conduct inspections of the trucks before Carnival Monday and Tuesday to ensure that these specifications before going on the road.
Guidelines for persons in sensay costumes were also provided.
“People in sensay costume…there are certain guidelines too. You will not wear any masks at night time. So, once it starts getting dark, remove your mask. And, you must also carry a registration number, and that must be visible,” Carbon says.
The rules presented form part of the Police’s “three-prong” approach for an incident-free Carnival.