Police to take a three-phase approach to CITP

The police say they will take what they are calling “a three-phase approach” to policing during the staging of this year’s Creole in the Park (CITP).

The phases are venue security, crowd control and traffic management team, which lawmen say is to ensure a safe and secure environment.

Assistant Superintendent of Police in charge of the Central Division Leana Edwards said the venue will be secured by utilizing only two gates at entry points.

As part of one phase, the authorities have decided to make the main entrance to the venue on valley road close to the Roseau Health Centre and the secondary entrance on Elmshall Road close to the University of the West Indies.

And the VIP entrance will be the north eastern gate at the intersection of Elmshall Road and Valley Road.

“Patrons exiting the venue will do so on Valley Road by using the gate immediately behind the Botanic Gardens pavilion and also the Bath Road gate,” Edwards explained. Adding, “All gates at the Botanic Gardens will be manned by police officers and support from private security.”

Furthermore, Edwards indicated that the police will be conducting robust searching of all patrons entering the venue, “and no weapons will be permitted to the venue.”

She warned that anyone found carrying weapons will be removed from the premises and “dealt with according to law”.

Not even licensed firearm holders will be allowed to access the venue with their firearms.

Edwards also appealed to the general public to work with the police and avoid the embarrassment of having to be arrested and taken to Police Headquarters.

Control police officers will also be patrolling the grounds to ensure that law and order prevail and that patrons participating in this event do so without interruption.

A traffic management team will also implement measures in Roseau during the hosting of the event.

Meanwhile, Director of Forestry Minchinton Burton appealed to the various patrons of the CITP to help keep upkeep the venue.

Director of Forestry Minchinton Burton

He said vendors should avoid driving across the lawns as much as possible while in the process of transporting their supplies and equipment.

He also appealed to the motoring public to cooperate with the police and security personnel by avoiding the parking of vehicles within the vicinity of the Botanic Gardens during the staging of the event.

“Together let’s make this year’s Creole in the Park the biggest and best of all other such events held in previous years by ensuring that we respect and protect our treasured Botanic Gardens which all of us continue to look forward to enjoying and using long after this 4-day event,” Burton stated.

Both Edwards and Burton made the announcement during the launching ceremony of this year’s FLOW CITP held recently.

FLOW’s CITP is scheduled to take place from the 22nd to the 24th of October 2019 at the Botanic Gardens from 12pm to 7pm.

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  1. Dominican
    October 8, 2019

    DNO is Minchinton Burton the Director of Tourism or Director of Forestry.

    Please confirm and correct.


    ADMIN: Thank you for pointing that out. We had already noticed and corrected it, there was an error in the event programme and when he was introduced.

  2. Bwa-Banday
    October 7, 2019

    Very beautiful face officer. But please put on a smile next time for true as someone said earlier. Take is as a compliment. You too pweety to have that hard look. Don’t take it personal but nothing more beautiful than a pretty, sexy looking woman in a police uniform and you are one of the few in Dca 8) . Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmm!

    • Marcy
      October 14, 2019

      If it had been a man nobody would care if he smiled. Some are just intimidated by women in power.

  3. Luca Spark
    October 7, 2019

    I had no idea that Minchinton Burton was the Director of Tourism. Always thought it was Colin Piper.

  4. Jayson
    October 7, 2019

    For visual clarity, could a road map please be added to this article?

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  5. Mark
    October 7, 2019

    Inspectors Lady please smile— that what policing is alL about— otherwise you guys get little cooperation—- bad image. You are dealing with the public and you work for the public not the other way around- got that Inspector No-smile? Its called good PR.

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    • Anon
      October 7, 2019

      What sexist crap is that? I’ve yet to see someone ask a male police officer to smile. Stupes

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      • Mark
        October 7, 2019

        Anon what are you talking about? Male cops are macho they don’t know how to smile they don’t know how to communicate – they act as bullies especially they get have a few stripes. On the other hand, we support that a softer and gentler image should be brought to the Police force with female high ranking officers leading the way. They know how to communicate with the public much better. A smiles is worth a million Anon. You don’t know hat you are talking about so keep quiet. She needs to smile if she is going to be the face of the police at such a festive event as creole festival- Periodtttt.

  6. Da to de bone..F
    October 7, 2019

    You all need to have health and safety laws in place…Remember you all hosting events internationally….
    You all must have clear written Entrances annd Exits
    Aldo emergency exits incase of incidents etc..There should never be over crowding in an event you all should have a maximum capacity..
    Time we confrom with international standards.

    The Calypso association needs to take note also.. Alot needs to be done in terms of patrons security during thier event….There is no clear signs of exits or emergency exits on an emergency…
    Before any events starts peopke should also be told of the emergency exits

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    • Concerned
      October 8, 2019

      The request to have exits, entrances ,emergency routes and location of emergency personnel pointed out before the event and even during the event has always been done, but i guess the organizers do not see the importance

  7. dee
    October 7, 2019

    No one is mentioning the steps which will be taken to mitigate the threat of ”dengue carrying mosquitoes” feeding on persons in the park . It’s diabolical that this threat is being kept under wraps .
    At no time in the history of Dominica has there been the hospitalization of 40 patients suffering from a specific disease ‘ within a couple months , and you people are treating this thing as norm. THIS IS AN OUTBREAK and needs to be treated as such .
    Visitors should not be welcomed into the country under the cloak that everything is well .The public needs to be sensitized as people do die, and will die, from that disease, but you guys will issue death certificates claiming otherwise . THIS IS SERIOUS , VERY SERIOUS , and needs to be publicized .

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    • RandyX
      October 7, 2019

      All Skerrits cares about is the upcoming election. He just can’t afford to lose it! Otherwise his game is completely up…

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      • Da to bone F
        October 7, 2019

        Rubbish comment

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