Lawmen step up policing for Crop Over
As Crop Over 2015 enters the last lap, police are urging Barbadians to stay safe and abide by the rules.
At a press conference today to announce traffic changes for the upcoming holiday weekend, acting Assistant Commissioner Euklyn Thompson reminded Barbadians that the police would be out in full force and anyone caught in breach of the law would be dealt with accordingly.
“. . . we are at the most significant stage of Crop Over 2015. We are urging both revellers and bystanders to conduct themselves in a civil and dignified manner, free of the use of weapons and free of acts of disorder and lawlessness. Barbadians and visitors must be able to enjoy the festival without bringing harm to each other,” Thompson said.
The acting assistant commissioner stressed that lawlessness and undesirable behaviour on the road would not be tolerated.
“I wish to reiterate the commitment of the Force to the Crop Over festivities and indeed the other major events on our activities calendar. Our policing can only be successful if we have the full cooperation [and] the full support of our citizens and visitors to our shores,” Thompson said.
He added: “We expect a high level of respect for law and order, respect for the rights of others. Those citizens who are contemplating lawlessness and other disruptive acts, we are urging you to be your brother’s keeper and to desist from such unwarranted and undesirable behaviour.”
Acting Superintendent Bruce Rowe reminded persons who are not members of Kadooment bands to stay out of them as anyone found in breach would be prosecuted.
“Under the Public Order Act, Section 27 G and 27 H deal with encroachment into bands, and we will be enforcing these sections. So if it’s seen or reported to us, those persons apprehended will be dealt with according to the law,” Rowe stressed. (DB)