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#glnrCHAMPS: Police review plans, expect heavy presence on final day

Published:Saturday | March 19, 2016 | 9:58 AM
In this 2015 file photo, a packed National Stadium is captured on the last day of Champs.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Area Four, Terrence Bent and the woman at the helm of the St Andrew Central Police, Senior Superintendent Millicent Sproul-Thomas have both expressed confidence that the necessary measures are in place to ensure that the final day of the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships is not marred by any security-related incident.

“We have reviewed our operations since the start of the week and we have made adjustments where necessary,” SSP Bent said, noting that Friday’s proceedings were a good indicator of what to expect for the event’s finale, and all areas of the Police operations performed creditably.

Noting that traffic has been an area of concern in the past, SSP Sproul-Thomas expressed confidence that SSP Calvin Allen and his team at Traffic Headquarters had prepared the best plan possible. “Patrons need only exercise a bit of patience and obey the instructions of the Police,” she said.

Meanwhile, SSP Sproul-Thomas said that while the Peace for Champs initiative, which staged a road march for peace on Friday, March 18, had been instrumental in reducing violence relating to ‘Champs’, Police personnel will be deployed in strategic points across the parish capital to deter any incidents.

“Police officers will be deployed along all the major roads in and around the National Stadium, as well as areas known to be congregating spots for merrymakers,” she said. “We are committed to ensuring that ‘Champs’ 2016 as well as the spin-off activities are peaceful and without incident.”