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Superintendent of Police asks public to respect security measures at Kweyol Wandevous

by: - October 18, 2018
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Superintendent of Police, Richmond Valentine (file photo)

The public has been advised to follow security measures that will be implemented by the Dominica Police Force for the hosting of Kweyol Wandevous.

Kweyol Wandevous will be staged from next week Monday at the Botanic Gardens from the 22nd to 25th 2018.

Superintendent of Police in the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force Richmond Valentine says the security measures that will be implemented is to create a safe and secure environment for Kweyol Wandevous.

Mr. Valentine made these remarks at a press conference held at the Prevo Cinemall on Wednesday.

He said emphasis will be placed on venue security, traffic management and a robust patrol in Roseau and environs.

Mr. Valentine said all gates at the Botanic Gardens will be manned by police officer with support from private security.

“Two gates will be utilized as entry points,” Valentine said. “The VIP entrance to the venue will be the northeastern gate at the junction of Elmshall road and Valley Road. The main entrance to the venue will be on Valley Road and the secondary entrance will be on Elmshall Road.”

He mentioned further that on both entry points, patrons will be subjected to screening by police officers.

Valentine said patrons exiting the venue will do so on Valley Road by using the gate immediately behind the Botanic Gardens pavilion or the southwestern gate close to the public cemetery.

“There will be absolutely no compromise when it comes to the possession of weapons. There is no justifiable reason why someone would want to have any of these articles in their possession at the venue,” he noted.

He said people with any article which fits the description of an offensive weapon, namely knife, cutlass, scissors, ice-pick or nail file will be removed from the venue and dealt with according to law.

He also said licensed firearm holders will not be allowed access to the venue with their firearm.

Local access will be permitted to Josephine Gabriel & Company, only from the Elmshall Link Road junction,” Valentine said.

“From 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm daily, motorists will be allowed to enter and exit the Botanic Gardens from Bath Road to facilitate the collection of school children and motorist travelling to and from Bath Estate, the Valley and Elmshall are to utilize the link road,” Valentine said.

“There shall be no parking at either side of Valley Road from its intersection with Bath Road to the Bath Estate and Morne Prosper/ Wotten Waven bus stop will be temporarily relocated on Bath Road between the junction of Virgin Lane and King George V Street, opposite to the Convent Preparatory school,” Mr. Valentine noted.

Also from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm daily motorists will be denied entry onto Virgin Lane from Independence Street. Valentine also made it clear that patrons will only access the venue after presenting a valid ticket.