Tight security for Chaguanas mas

Po­lice are ex­pect­ed to be out in full force for this year’s Car­ni­val in Ch­agua­nas.

This was con­firmed by ASP Richard Smith as he spoke with band­lead­ers at the Ch­agua­nas Bor­ough Ad­min­is­tra­tive Com­plex on Tues­day night dur­ing a meet­ing with the po­lice and the Ch­agua­nas Car­ni­val Com­mit­tee (CCC).

Smith said ran­dom search­es would be con­duct­ed and uni­formed and plain­clothes of­fi­cers, would be out dur­ing cel­e­bra­tions.

He said the po­lice would be as­sist­ed by Traf­fic War­dens and the Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice.

Smith said the po­lice would al­so adopt a ze­ro-tol­er­ance ap­proach.

He said the Mag­is­trates’ Court would be closed for the two-day rev­el­ry. It re­opens on Ash Wednes­day.

How­ev­er, he as­sured that there were enough hold­ing cells across the di­vi­sion to de­tain trou­ble­mak­ers.

Band­lead­ers who were con­cerned about ve­hi­cle pass­es were ad­vised by Smith that ap­pli­ca­tions could be processed in Ch­agua­nas and then tak­en to San Fer­nan­do for ap­proval.

Chair­man of CCC Or­lan­do Nages­sar said he would be re­quest­ing that bars low­er the vol­ume of mu­sic be­ing played when bands are cross­ing the judg­ing area at Ram­saran Street.

Band­leader Greg De­onar­i­nesingh, of iCan­dy J’Ou­vert, com­plained that his band was not giv­en enough time be­fore the judges.

De­onar­i­nesingh said he al­so felt slight­ed when an­nounc­ers chose to mis­pro­nounce the name of his band call­ing the por­tray­al Can­dy J’Ou­vert.

Flavio Goodrich of Red Army J’Ou­vert said he was hap­py with the re­sponse of the po­lice.

Goodrich said the is­suance of per­mits and se­cu­ri­ty along the route was a ma­jor con­cern.

He said he was hap­py to hear that bars would be reg­u­lat­ed.

Reporter: Shastri Boodan

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