Saturday 17 November, 2018

Police: 'Wonderful' Crop Over behaviour

Police along Spring Garden as things wrapped up at Bridgetown Market tonight.

Police along Spring Garden as things wrapped up at Bridgetown Market tonight.

"Things have been excellent!"

Now that the curtains have come down on Crop Over 2018, Police Public Relations Officer, Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss has uttered such and is extending his gratitude to all for their exemplary behaviour throughout the season.

Last night, while Bridgetown Market packed up and revellers made their way home or to their accommodation, Inniss told Loop News:

"Things went really well today. No major incidents to report at all, no adverse incidents," he declared. Admitting that one or two skirmishes happened, he said that in the grand scheme of things, they were too insignificant to taint the majorly incident-free 2018 Grand Kadooment, to climax Crop Over 2018. "Those are too minor to even speak about because when you have thousands of spectators and revellers and they are consuming alcohol, you can expect one or two skirmishes."

After last year's mass casualty shooting incident on Spring Garden the night of Grand Kadooment which marred the festival, leaving one dead and over 20 persons nursing gunshot injuries, Inniss took a moment to thank the public for their part in making the day a good one.

"We want to thank the public, we want to thank the entertainers, the deejays, the revellers, the spectators, everybody played their part in making this Kadooment Day very good, and very successful in terms of security and safety. We have a very good report on that."

Persons along the route, including revellers, spectators and entrepreneurs, told Loop News that they were "really pleased" with the police presence they saw all day.

Overall for the Crop Over season, he gave kudos also to his fellow colleagues in the Royal Barbados Police Force, adding that all in all, "when you look at every event, we went wonderfully well this year, well policed, and everything went [well]. We didn't have any adverse major issues at all for Crop Over this year, and that's a good sign."

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