The security forces were out in their numbers and could be seen among revellers of each J’Ouvert band. Up until 8:30 am there were no reported incidents, except for where officers had to control the crowd when it seemed as though the music got their heads.
Speaking with several returning nationals, they expressed their satisfaction for the security measures that have been put in place.
One lady who resides in Canada said, “This is so comforting, to know I can return home and have fun among my people without having to worry about looking over my shoulder for any mishap, because out police officers are here to enforce the law.”
“It is clear that our security forces are doing their jobs and they must be commended,” so said Jean Thomas, a returning national from New York. I’ve been out since 3 am this morning and everywhere I turn there is a police, that is great on my behalf because I can jam to the music in a troupe and feel safe,” she added.
From patrol officers to members of the defence force and even the traffic officers can be seen patrolling among the various bands as revellers enjoy the J’Ouvert festivities.
In an earlier release by the St. Christopher and Nevis Police force, it was explained that various check points would also be set up just outside the Basseterre area where persons would be stopped and searched.
The J’Ouvert festivities are expected to end at 11 am and as of 8:30 am there were already thousands of people on hand with many more expected before the festivities end.