The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is urging the public to maintain the peace during the five-day staging of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, which got under way on Tuesday (March 28) at the National Stadium.
Speaking in a JIS interview, founder of the Peace for Champs initiative, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Terrence Bent, said in recent years there has been a significant reduction in incidents involving schools and spectators.
“We want to maintain this peace, so we are imploring patrons to refrain from any form of violence during the competition. The police will be patrolling on foot… and our mobile units will be on the ground,” he said. He noted that plain-clothes police will also be on patrol.
SSP Bent said that arrests will be made for offences or conduct that is likely to cause a negative impact on the championships.
“We will have the Peace for Champs Unit, which includes the police, security, parent-teacher associations (PTAs), and the schools with their administrations, which will be out to take decisive actions where necessary. So, parents, remind your children to be civil,” he urged.
SSP Bent made a further appeal for sponsors, suppliers of goods and services, and spectators to exercise safety precautions.
“If you have your valuables, like excessive cash, cell phones… be careful not to expose them. We recommend that you not wear jewellery,” he advised.
He is also encouraging patrons to get to the venue early to avoid the crowd, which can create a negative experience.
He noted that persons who do not have a lawfully obtained ticket or accreditation pass will not get into the stadium.
“It makes no…
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