No need to be afraid.
The comforting words of the police high command as officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force seek to reassure Barbadians and visitors that everything will be alright during the Crop Over festival.
In the wake of threats to Foreday Morning made on social media, Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith Wednesday said the Force was taking precautionary measures to ensure that law and order was upheld during the season.
“I can assure you that our planning has been advanced and that it has been quite thorough. So I can assure Barbadians that they should not fear, they should come out and enjoy themselves at our Crop Over events,” Griffith said in an address at the annual general meeting of the Barbados Police Association (BPA) this morning.
The police chief appealed to officers to pull out all the stops to ensure that Barbadians and visitors enjoy a safe, incident free Crop Over.
At the same time, he advised the public to be careful where they go, and how they travel around.
“They also have a role to play in informing us as to anything that they become aware of that might turn out to be important in shelving incidents that would otherwise mar the festive activities,” the top cop said.
Also addressing the issue of security during the season was BPA President Mervin Grace who said lawmen were aware of the threats to disrupt mass events.
He, too, assured Barbadians that the Force would spare no efforts to ensure a safe and secure environment during the festivities.
“Our members are trained and ready to respond to any breaches of our laws. We will be resolute in our efforts to ensure the safety of the people we serve,” Grace said.