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TTPS: Carnival a success
Although there were 21 serious crimes reported for Carnival, a jump from last year’s figure, the Police Service is boasting of a successful season this year.
In several districts, police had to order the premature end of celebrations for J’Ouvert and Carnival Tuesday last lap because of bottle pelting and disorderly conduct.
In San Fernando, J’Ouvert celebrations were marred by the stabbing death Osei Joseph on Cipero Street forcing an early end to the street party.
Some 20 minutes later, Keon Jack, of St Madeleine, was shot in San Fernando.
In Chaguanas, Reshad Singh, 17, of Chaguanas was stabbed to death as he waited on transport after attending J’Ouvert celebrations on Ramsaran Street. Three suspects were held for that crime and police said the crime was not Carnival-related.
There were also reports made of a gang of thieves targetting J’Ouvert revellers in Woodbrook. One gang member was arrested by police after being confronted by a victim.
Other videos posted on social media showed several men, wearing bandanas, robbing people and running away. In many instances, victims of fights, robberies do not make reports to the police.
Gold Commander for Carnival Deputy Commissioner of Police Deodat Dulalchan said there were five more serious crimes reported this year than in 2017.
Dulalchan was speaking at yesterday’s post-Carnival media briefing held at the Police Administration building, Port-of-Spain.
In giving a breakdown of other offences recorded during the period, Dulalchan said there was one reported incident of wounding, one shooting with intent, three reported incidents of larceny, nine robberies, two reports of possession of marijuana trafficking and one reported rape.
“From midnight Sunday, February 11, 2018, to midnight Tuesday, February 13, 2018, a total of 145 people were arrested for various offences with 96 people being formally charged and 49 people were assisting in outstanding enquires,” Dulalchan said.
Dulalchan said in 2017 there were 16 serious crimes for Carnival reported. In 2017, there were 14 serious reported crimes which were not related to Carnival.
The divisions where no Carnival-related serious reported crimes were Tobago, Northern, South Western, Western and North-Eastern, he said.
A total of 438 vehicles were wrecked during the Carnival period. On Carnival Monday, 285 vehicles were wrecked and 153 on Carnival Tuesday. Supt Glenn Charles of the Port-of-Spain City Corporation said the corporation did not wreck any vehicles during the Carnival weekend.
808 failed to
report for duty
Over 800 officers, who were rostered for duty for Carnival, did not report for duty adding strain to the police manpower which was stretched across T&T since Carnival Sunday until Ash Wednesday.
But while the figure may seem high, it actually represents an improvement in absenteeism from last year. For Carnival, the vacation leave of all police officers is cancelled. Whether all the cases of absenteeism are legitimate, the police will have to investigate.
Gold Commander of the Carnival Deputy Commissioner of Police Deodat Dulalchan provided the information in the face of an Express report yesterday which stated that 2,500 police officers had failed to report for duty for Carnival.
The 808 officers who failed to report for duty was four per cent less than in 2017 in relation to those who did not show up for duty last year, he said. In 2017, close to 1,000 officers did not report for duty.
He said the shortfall in officers did not affect the overall operations of the Police Service during that period.
“Based on our experience officers for some reason or the other are not showing up for Carnival. But in our deployment we would have catered for that eventuality of persons not turning up for duty,” Dulalchan said.
At a pre-Carnival press briefing, Dulalchan said 5,000 had been called out to work for the Carnival period and noted then that to maintain the sustained patrols and presence another 1,100 officers had to be recruited.
“As it stands now we are in fact short of 1,100 police officers, and I feel if we get that number through recruitment we would be able to make that kind of dent in the crime situation through a policing standpoint,” he said then. There are close to 7,000 police officers employed in the TTPS at any given time a percentage of officers are on sick leave, vacation or pre-retirement.
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