(Trinidad Guardian) Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is using drone technology as part of the TTPS’s effort to ensure public safety and security across the country during the Carnival celebrations.
Addressing reporters during a media briefing at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, Griffith said drones will be directed to different areas during the days of revelry and provide live footage to all command centres. He said the drones are “going to be able to provide a lock-down and be able to monitor everything that is taking place in real time”.
The drones would not only be monitoring the movement of bands, masqueraders and spectators, but also the movement of the criminal elements following which the officers will be redeployed as and where necessary.
He also said 85 emergency patrols would be operating on the ground in the nine police divisions on a 24-hour basis throughout the festivities. This represents just over nine or ten vehicles per division to provide a “blanket” across the country.
Indicating the vehicles were all equipped with GPS trackers, Griffith said, “This will ensure they stay in their area of responsibility and they will also be monitored from an Operational Response Command Centre that has been ignited at the National Operations Fusion Centre.”
Adding there would be a mobile command centre stationed at the QPS on Carnival Monday, Griffith said it would be moved to the Soca Drome, Jean Pierre Complex on Tuesday—so the authorities will be able to see everything that is happening in real time and feed back to officers at the command centres.
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Meanwhile, all systems are in place and security measures have been strengthened to allow safe revelry for J’Ouvert celebrations 2019 throughout T&T.
Port-of-Spain Mayor Joel Martinez said, “Everything is well in place for tomorrow.”
“Of course Port-of-Spain is ready for J’Ouvert morning. We are the city that carries Carnival every year…That produces one of the greatest show on earth and we are always ready,” Martinez said.
“All security is in place. We collaborated with the Commissioner of Police to sync with regard to operations. The Municipal Police will do some aspects and the T&T Police Service officers will do their part and both will work together. All municipal officers will be out and are already out for this weekend,” he added.
Acting Chaguanas Mayor Faaiq Mohammed said in the Borough of Chaguanas the Municipal Police’s complement has been increased to over 20 officers manning the streets.
Mohammed, who did not disclose the details of a security mechanism that was tried out last year, said it was a success and added that the same will again be implemented this year.
“We have had regular meetings with the police. Everything is in place and what we have done is cordon off certain streets and revellers will be checked before they enter the main area. We are hoping that all goes well and there are no unforeseen circumstances,” Mohammed said.
Chairman of the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC) Henry Awong said within the corporation there are several carnival committees, including Couva, Carapichaima, Tabaquite, Brazil, and Gasparillo, who are all responsible for planning and executing Carnival/J’Ouvert activities.
“From what I’m seeing at this juncture we are ready! Couva has one of the biggest Carnival celebrations—seven days of activities and all is well so far,” Awong said.
“Our Municipal Police complement has been increased to over 100 per cent and they will be working together with the TTPS in ensuring a secure and major incident-free Carnival,” he added.