National Security Minister Stuart Young yesterday lauded the T&T Police Service for their efforts for Carnival, saying they achieved an approximately 95 per cent officer turnout which contributed to this year’s safe Carnival.
Speaking to reporters after visiting the Socadrome at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo, yesterday, Young said: “(We’ve had) an unprecedented number of officers out. We’ve had 94 to 95 per cent yesterday (Monday) out on the job. We expect more today (yesterday) and I really want to commend the men and women.”
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith, who was also at the Socadrome venue, also said the police’s drones, which were put into action for the celebrations, had been fruitful.
“It has turned night into day, we can see everything. It has given coverage in real time. Likewise, with the body cams and the dashboard cams on the emergency response patrol vehicles… the use of technology is the way to go,” Griffith said, adding they were able to use this real-time surveillance of the Carnival activities to respond to incidents.
Earlier at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Griffith had admitted there were disturbances during the Carnival activities but said they were not serious incidents.
“There have been very few incidents, very minor in comparison to Carnivals in the years gone by,” Griffith told reporters.
More importantly, he said, was that the perception and fear of crime in the country was significantly reduced.
Young said the experience of such a safe Carnival took months of planning by the various arms of the Ministry of National Security.
“It’s been a lot of planning going on…our travel advisories have not been affected. That’s a great stamp of confidence from all of the various ally countries who do travel advisories on Trinidad. I’d just like to commend everybody on a job well done,” Young said.
For a safe Carnival, Griffith thanked both the protective services and the citizens of T&T.
“You have proven to be very mature, very responsible, they adhere to all the different things. It shows that we are a disciplined society. So all arms of the Ministry of National Security, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service officers and all citizens of this country, I wish to say that we are all one big famalaylaylaylaylaylaylay,” Griffith said.
On Friday, however, Griffith, who had urged all officers to turn out for duty, will be meeting with officers who were absent during the celebrations.