Minister of National Security Brigadier John Sandy again gave the assurance yesterday that the nation's security will not be compromised during the Carnival season.
Speaking at a media conference at the Ministry of National Security in Port of Spain, Sandy said the entire complement of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, supported by the entire compliment of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, will be out for Carnival.
"The collaborative effort will utilise assets from every arm of law enforcement, including the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad and Tobago, Immigration Division, Customs and Excise Division, Prison Service, Fire Service and private security firms, throughout the country over the Carnival period," Sandy said.
He said the Police Service, which provided the security plan for the entire country, will take the lead in protecting the homes and properties of citizens in both in the city and remote areas during the parades on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, in order to achieve a safe and secure environment.
"Some of the more obvious tactical applications will include increased foot patrols by members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment at Carnival venues throughout the country," he said.
He said there will also be air and marine patrols in key areas of the country and Immigration and Customs and Excise Division will be asked to pay close attention to all ports of entry.
"Road blocks, stop and search exercises will be employed by law enforcement operatives, and major hotspot areas will be manned and patrolled by both army and police personnel," Sandy said.
He said he was aware that the Port of Spain City Police had been planning industrial action, but noted he is not worried.
"We have all our law enforcement operators out on duty. If the Municipal officers decide they will not work that will be taken care of," he said.
He said statistics over the past several years have shown that criminal activity decreases during the Carnival season and he is confident that Carnival 2011 will also follow that tradition.
Concerning the Public Services Association's (PSA) plan to cross the Queen's Park Savannah stage as a band, Sandy said, "As long as they do not break the law I am sure they are allowed to participate in any band they choose to."