According to a police source, commenting just after the official end of j’ouvert, “there were no serious issues with respect to security. We did not have any real difficulty with the public; apart from the usual and expected reveler who gets a little carried away with how they behaved in the band.”
The police did indicate however, that those who did breach the rules and laws on j’ouvert were immediately removed from the bands, to preserve the safety of the public and others acting responsibly in the jam sessions.
There was a very heavy presence of security officers on the streets on Boxing Day, with members of the Defense Force, supplementing the troops from the Police Department.
A number of joint units were visible during the morning and into the afternoon period. From all appearances the security detail was carefully coordinated and structured for efficiency and rapid response.
This team effort was played out even with the senior officers on the streets.
Observers were able to witness the Police Commissioner and the Commander of the Defense Force, Col. Patrick Wallace, along with a support team, walking the streets together. There was also a team comprised of the Assistant Commissioner of Police Ian Queeley, (who has responsibility for Crime Fighting within the force), patrolling with the second in command at the Defense Force, Major Cornel Kelly.
For the security forces, Monday was a very peaceful j’ouvert morning and all praises must be given to the public for the role they played in staying within the confines of the law.