The Royal Barbados Police Force and the National Cultural Foundation are praising citizens and visitors for their behaviour at Sunday’s Soca Royale at Bushy Park, in St. Philip, an event the NCF said had about doubled last year’s turn out of 10,000 patrons.
Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector David Welch told Barbados TODAY that things went quite well as far as security was concerned with only minor incidents occuring.
“We would like to congratulate Barbadians on their behaviour,” said Welch.
He gave the assurance that the force was ready for the rest of the season, especially for Foreday Mornin’ Jam, which seems set to be bigger than Grand Kadooment this year, as far as bands were concerned.
“We are aware of the increase for Foreday Mornin’ and we are planning for the size of the event. We will be drawing heavily on our resources. We already have our internal plans worked out and we know that our police officers would give a little extra at this time,” he added.
Welch pointed out that the fact law enforcers would be out in full force, would not in any way compromise the policing of the rest of the country.
“We know police officers who will put their best foot forward in assisting with plans that are in place,” added the police force’s spokesman.
He said he was not in a position at the moment to say for sure whether or not Barbados Defence Force personnel would join the police on the streets for the mass events.
As far as the NCF was concerned, the foundation, too, was “very” happy with the conduct of patrons, who Corporate Communications Specialist, Andre Hoyte, said had followed all the rules and regulations, particularly with regard to the use of glass bottles within the facility.
“We had a wonderful event. This is our third year at Bushy Park. We had a bumper crowd. Last year we had 10,000 people and we are projecting close to 20,000 this year,” Hoyte announced.
The NCF’s official told this newspaper, the police did not report any incidents to them. He noted that security plans were in place for the biggest Foreday Mornin’ ever and that the NCF had met with the Department of Emergency Management and police.
“We are happy with our security plans,” added Hoyte. (EJ)