CWC security arrangements increased
-- Police Commissioner
March 27, 2007
THE CARICOM Operations, Planning and Co-ordinating Staff ‘COPACS’ is in communication with Guyana to ensure that all the necessary arrangements are in place for the TOMS (teams, officials, media and sponsors) during their stay in Guyana.
Acting Police Commissioner Henry Greene yesterday said the regional security body has asked the local law enforcement agencies to increase security at hotels and venues where the TOMS are expected to visit.
“They have contacted us to ensure that we have all the security arrangements in place. I also think that it’s in light of the death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer in a Jamaican hotel. All persons accessing the teams will be screened and that process has already begun.”
Greene told reporters the security forces are ready to ensure the safety of all Guyanese and visitors during the matches.
He said that from yesterday ranks will be working throughout the night until the event is concluded.
“It’s all in-line, meaning that the ranks will have to work day and night; they will not be going home until (April) 10th. We have to ensure that there is maximum security and that we will do.”
A Joint Services operations centre is functioning at Police headquarters in Georgetown to channel information that would be required by COPACS.
Greene said members of the Joint Services are deployed to conduct both river and land patrols and the Bomb Disposal Unit has begun bomb-sweeping at all venues related to the matches, including the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.