Acting Police Commissioner James Philbert is crediting police searches of both masqueraders and vehicles for the lack of serious and violent crimes this Carnival.
Philbert, interviewed at 10:30 am yesterday on St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain, said the Police Service, the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force and the Special Anti-Crime Unit of T&T (SAUTT), routinely conducted searches for weapons and illegal narcotics. He said they found mainly small weapons on individuals or which were discarded in maxis and other vehicles. James confirmed persons who where found to be in possession of weapons had been arrested and most of those arrests took place during J'Ouvert.
He said a number of minor injuries were reported during J'Ouvert and those hurt were taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, treated and discharged. Regarding the breathalyser, he said the use of the breathalyser had been successful not only in taking drunk drivers off the road for Carnival, but also acted as a deterrent for many partygoers to drive while intoxicated. He said a young man pulled over on Monday night said the breathalyser "saved his life" as he had passed out in the police car on the way to the police station.
James said a large police presence in and around Port-of-Spain had also contributed to the safety of revellers and spectators on the streets for Carnival. He said the lack of violent crimes could be credited to the searches. He also thanked the citizens who willfully complied with the authorities searches.