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Police: Champs incident free so far

Published:Thursday | March 27, 2014 | 8:03 PM

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The St Andrew Central Police have vowed to ensure a safe and peaceful 2014 staging of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships meet.




Deputy superintendent, Robblin Wedderburn, who is in charge of the Community Safety and Security in the division, said that increased police patrols have been implemented in certain volatile areas of the division.



He added that security guards and police personnel stationed at the National Stadium were "doing a lot of work" to ensure the safety of patrons and to see that order is maintained and so far, throughout the first three days of the meet, there have been no major incidents.



"The security arrangements have been working well so far and we have not had any major incidents since the start of the championships on Tuesday," said Wedderburn.



"The gates are opened on time and patrons have been coming in and the searches have been done," he said.



Wedderburn said more personnel had been deployed to Cross Roads, the general Half-Way Tree area and Papine.



He also stated the physical presence of the police has acted as a deterrent to unlawful activities so far.



"Saturday will be the big day and we are looking forward to that because the police will out in their numbers on the street ..." Wedderburn said.



Wedderburn stated that several items including firearms will not be allowed inside the venue.



Other restricted items include firearms, knives, ice picks, machetes, aerosol sprays, large igloos, glass bottles, frozen water or drinks, DVD or video recorders, alcohol and umbrellas with pointed tips.



He also advised licensed firearm holders to leave their weapons with their local police or make alternative arrangements for their safekeeping, as no provision will be made for the storage of prohibited items.



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