POLICE are promising a pickpocket-free Christmas and Carnival in downtown Port of Spain following the launch of an anti-crime initiative aimed at keeping shoppers and visitors safe.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson and Supt Stephen Ramsubhag spoke during the event, held on Brian Lara Promenade, Port of Spain yesterday morning.
"While we are out in force we want to remind the people that it is safe to do business in Port of Spain," said DCP Richardson, who also informed the public:
"From time to time there will be some disturbances, such as stop and search exercises, but this is necessary to keep the public safe and we hope that you could bear with us."
Supt Ramsubhag also issued similar advice, adding: "We the police will be partnering with our internal and external partners, namely our Criminal Investigation departments."
He explained that all the entry points into Port of Spain will be manned on a 24-hour basis by a patrol vehicle which he called their "pro-active deployment crime plan".
"This plan entails a blanketing of the city with mobile patrol units staked out at key locations around the city, while the interior of the capital with be swamped with uniformed and plainclothes police officers," said Ramsubhag.
He added that "there will be zero tolerance for law-breakers and we are also appealing to motorists to adhere to our no parking policies in and around the capital because the wreckers will be out in full effect".
Another senior officer, Snr Supt Wayne Boyd, also reminded his officers to be courteous to the public, reminding them that they were the showpiece for the Police Service.