The Gold Commander for Carnival 2024 has hailed the J’Ouvert celebrations nationwide a success.
ACP Kelvern Thompson also said there was a strong police presence across the ten divisions consistent with the projections of the various commanders.
Thompson's praise for a successful start of the Carnival 2024 celebrations came on February 12.
He said, "While there were minor incidents and minor crimes committed against the person, there was a strong presence of regular, municipal and transit police officers."
There was also a heavy presence of traffic wardens and the police's major stakeholder in security, TT Defence Force, which Thompson said, created a great impact in deterring serious offences.
He added that diligent and intelligent-led patrols, along with CCTV surveillance, identified known people of interest and officers were able to deter them from committing further arrestable offences.
“We can say that this has been a result of our collaboration which would include our masqueraders who have been very co-operative.
"Our strategies, particularly in preventing weapons entering into areas of celebration along the major J’Ouvert routes, has yielded a number of weapons which have been seized, and in certain instances people arrested.”
He thanked all stakeholders for making the celebrations a safe one.