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Security blanket for Christmas shoppers
Deputy Police Commissioner Mervyn Richardson said shoppers in the city could feel safer for Christmas as various units from the Police Service will be deployed to ward off criminals. He spoke at the launch of a safe city initiative at the Brian Lara Promenade, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
Saying the measure, which was also implemented last year, was merely a signal of what the Police Service intended to do between Christmas and Carnival, Richardson said the police would adopt a “robust posture.” “This posture will be dominating the ground. We started in Port-of-Spain to ensure the safety and security of the nation.
“So from now until after Carnival and continuing we will be having day and night patrol duty in a high percentage, increased visibility and there will be a no-nonsense approach to crime and criminal conduct, especially in Port-of-Spain, San Fernando, Scarborough,” Richardson said.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Ramsubhag said the strength of the police would be augmented by traffic wardens, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department, Inter-Agency Task Force, Guard and Emergency Branch, Mounted Branch and special reserve officers. “We will be forming a security blanket over Port-of-Spain. We will have static duties by police officers and in the interior, in the business hub, we will have a high level of visibility of uniformed and plain-clothes officers,” Ramsubhag said.
He also advised shoppers not to walk around with large sums of cash or wear expensive jewelry, as this could be a target for robbers. The business community was told to be on the lookout for counterfeit money. On whether there would be less wrecking in Port-of-Spain for the Christmas season, Richardson said this would have to be discussed with acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams.
President of the Downtown Owners and Merchants Association Gregory Aboud, who was also present, praised the police for their efforts, saying the mere sight of a police uniform commanded respect. “We still believe that this is one of the best police services in the entire Caribbean. The public behaves when they see this uniform and we would like to welcome this initiative and we welcome the team of senior officers, some of whom have served Port-of-Spain very well,” Aboud said.
He said while there may be some officers who work harder than others, those who performed should be properly rewarded. “I would like to entrust to you and the commissioner that those who are doing the work get promoted, get higher pay and move up in the service in the way that a modern service is managed, and I am sure if that happens a greater degree of performance will result, and this is what we are looking for.”
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