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VIDEO: Police ready for Jamaica 50

Wednesday, August 01, 2012    

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THE police say they are fully prepared to effectively police the Jamaica 50 events, which will take place over the next week.

Speaking Monday at a press conference at the Police Commissioner's Office at Hope Road in Kingston, Senior Superintendent Assan Thompson, said the police did their homework and are ready to face all challenges the celebrations are likely to present.

"We started a process of sensitisation where members were educated about the celebrations and its importance. We followed on by making a critical assessment of the security environment to understand the threats and risks we may encounter," Thompson told reporters.

The Stadium, National Arena ad Stadium East in Kingston will be transformed into a Jubilee Village and Thompson warned that the police will be employing a three-tiered approach to maintaining law and order during the Independence celebrations.

He said the police would be deployed inside the venue, outside its perimeter and in communities near to the village.

"There is a patrol element that will be patrolling in and around communities adjacent to the venue," he said, adding that it the officers would be going all out to stem incidents of theft and street crimes.

At the same time, he urged members of the public to avoid imbibing too much alcohol as the police would be employing a vigilant traffic management and control initiative, warning that more officers have been trained in the use of the breathalyser machine.

"If you are going to drink get a dedicated driver; we would rather not prosecute anyone for driving under the influence," Thompson said.

Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioner Wray Palmer, urged members of the public to be vigilant in their movements during the celebrations. Palmer urged members of the public not to leave firearms, cellular phones and computers in their cars and desist from leaving their cars open.

"Ensure your personal safety. Don't park where there are no lights," Palmer said.

The police have also promised that the same level of vigilance and resources which will be deployed at the Jubilee Village will be used at all venues across the island where Jamaica 50 celebrations are scheduled to be held.

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