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National Heroes Weekend policing strategy outlined

Alexander Rollin, the Acting Superintendent of the Community Policing Unit (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Police have given guidelines for the public to have a safe National Heroes Weekend.

Alexander Rollin, Acting Superintendent of the Community Policing Unit, said yesterday that police would show a high visibility between today and National Heroes Day on Monday.

He said there would be a particular focus on the J’Ouvert, which will go by Jam 2024 this year, and Revel de Road, with both expected to create lane closures.

Mr Rollin added: “Members of the public are urged against engaging in criminal activity or antisocial behaviour during these events, or any of the numerous other social gatherings set to take place during the holiday weekend.”

Jam 2024 will take place on Monday between 3am and 9am.

It will start at Bernard Park in Pembroke before moving on to Dutton Avenue and then through Marsh Folly Road.

The procession will then continue along Cedar Avenue and make a left on to Angle Street before finishing back in Bernard Park.

Revel de Road will then take place at about noon, with the first lap of the celebration starting on Dutton Avenue.

Revellers will make a right on to North Street before moving along Angle Street and Cedar Avenue.

They will then make a turn on to Marsh Folly Road, followed by Palmetto Road on to North Shore Road.

The procession will move west on the second lap along North Shore Road to Blackwatch Pass, which they will follow on to Marsh Folly Road and later to Cedar Avenue.

Revellers will parade through Angle Street, North Street, Dutton Avenue and back on to Marsh Folly Road, where they will head to the WER Joell Tennis Stadium.

Each lap is expected to take about two hours.

The roads involved will be closed to the public, with traffic diversions in place.

Mr Rollin said the diversions were likely to cause traffic delays and asked motorists to “exercise patience and caution”.

He added that, while carnival events had noise permits, police would still monitor noise levels and address complaints when necessary.

Mr Rollin advised attendees to travel in pairs or groups and to keep someone informed of their whereabouts.

He urged drivers to avoid parking in dimly lit or isolated areas and to make sure that vehicles were not obstructing surrounding roads.

Mr Rollin also told those who plan to be on the water to create a float plan and to not go boating or swimming alone.

Radios and safety equipment should be updated and readily accessible, while a boat’s registration should be up to date and prominently displayed.

He emphasised that revellers should not drive, ride, swim or operate a boat after drinking.

Mr Rollin added: “We also ask that you co-operate with our officers as we aim to ensure minimal disruption and that everyone is able to enjoy the holiday without fear for their safety and wellbeing.”

Roadside sobriety checkpoints will be in effect over the long weekend.

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Published June 12, 2024 at 7:58 am (Updated June 12, 2024 at 7:58 am)

National Heroes Weekend policing strategy outlined

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