Officers of the Southern Division of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service were called upon to manage a large public gathering today that arose from a hamper distribution drive at the South Park Plaza, San Fernando.
The management of South Park Plaza had informed members of the public through social and traditional media, that the company would hold a food hamper distribution drive today, June 25th, 2021. Snr Supt Lucia Winchester of the Southern Division was informed that 300 hampers would be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The distribution was scheduled to start at 10 am and finish at 2 pm.
However, at 6.30 am mobile patrols observed large crowds of persons gathered along the entire roadway leading to the South Park Plaza.
Based on the size of the crowds, the potential risks involved and the potential breach of the Public Health Regulations, a decision was taken by the TTPS to shut down the exercise.
Traffic was also temporarily restricted from entering the Michael Rahael Boulevard from either side. These actions enabled the police to take control of the situation, following which the crowds were dispersed without incident.
Given that such initiatives are prone to attract crowds of persons, the Southern Division led by Snr Supt Lucia Winchester is working with the organizers of the food hamper distribution drive.
A new method for the distribution of the hampers has been agreed upon whereby persons from the community will be identified and the hampers will be delivered to them at their respective homes with the assistance and supervision of the TTPS.