Hours after Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar declared a limited state of emergency on Sunday, police set up dragnets in several areas on the boundaries of San Fernando and caught many citizens unaware. At Hermitage, a police helicopter caused a stir when it landed near the Prime Minister's residence at Phillipine and a team of lawmen disembarked. At Carlton Lane, a known crime hotspot in San Fernando, lawmen were seen speaking to residents and advising them they would not be allowed out of their homes after midnight.
At Sutton Street, a group of limers partying outside COSTAAT's South Campus were advised the area would be under watch after midnight.
By 11 pm, police were spot checking vehicles at random near the San Fernando Technical Institute. The normally bustling Lord Street was almost deserted by midnight and the few people seen on the streets said they missed the Prime Minister's address and did not know a state of emergency had been enforced. Devout Muslims, who had spent time in the mosque after breaking their Ramadhan fast, also said they had missed the Prime Minister's address. Misinformation also was circulated, via BBM, and in many social networking sites causing panic among citizens about the locations of hot spots. Several people said they were happy about the curfew because the crime situation was out of hand.
However, bloggers and callers to several radio stations expressed dissatisfaction that all of the information and directives had not been released by the Prime Minister. On Sunday, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said more than 5,000 soldiers would be deployed on the streets to assist police officers with patrols. Persad-Bissessar said the state of emergency would give military personnel the authority for search and seizure which they did not usually have.