– Guyana has successful hosting record
By Edison Jefford
The report emanating from the Regional Security Directorate Meeting to address various issues pertaining to the International Cricket Council Twenty20 World Cup gave Guyana kudos for its security arrangements for the event.
Security Director of the T20 World Cup in Guyana and Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Slowe told the media yesterday at the Guyana National Stadium that all the requisite security arrangements to host the event are advance.
“The arrangements in Guyana are well-advanced; we have been able to resolve whatever minor issues related to the number of security and the whole Tournament Operation Plan.
Those issues are resolved and it is just for us to put together the arrangement. We have it on paper. It is just for us to make sure that the elements are in place for us to deliver on the Security Plan,” Slowe informed the media.
The local Security Director was speaking after attending the regional security meeting at the Pegasus in Guyana last Wednesday. Events Manager, KJ Singh and Promotions and Corporate Services Officer, Sabrina Panday shared the head table. Slowe said that the feedback from the Cricket World Cup matches in Guyana in 2007 had reported positively on the security arrangements. He said that the hiccups that the security team experienced then were all taken into consideration.
“We had experiences in 2007 with a very successful security arrangement and there were no concerns expressed in terms of our ability to replicate those arrangements. We sought to eliminate the little hiccups and variances,” Slowe reported.
One of the hiccups that he identified for elimination was the fact that patrons could not have re-entered the venue once they left. Slowe noted that a policy was introduced to deal with that, among other things, this time around. “We’ve sought to introduce a re-entry policy, which at certain times will allow spectators to go out and come back in, which you know was not there in 2007 and we have relaxed prohibited accessories,” the Security Director updated.
“The last time around people were not allowed to bring in drums and musical instruments but this time around, they are encouraging this type of thing,” he continued, adding that it is not a case where there is no prohibitions.
According to Slowe, spectators are not going to be allowed into the venue with glass bottles, fire works and guns etc. He said that the idea is to allow spectators to enjoy the event but at the same time, create a safe environment.
He said that in addition to the comprehensive security plan, there are other areas that the security deal addresses such as traffic management, hotels, practice venues and various routes that the teams and other officials will have to travel.
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