It may be too late to ask this, but as members of the community in the neighbourhoods around the KAABOO site this weekend, a lot of us are worried we will have issues with rowdy festival goers throughout the neighbouring area of Governor’s Harbour. We are concerned there may be people parking along our roads and/or potential issues with individuals who are intoxicated and walking through the neighbourhood damaging properties. We would love to know if the police will have a larger presence to not only patrol the highway by the KAABOO site, but also through the nearby neighbourhoods?
Auntie’s answer: Before answering the question, I want to thank the RCIPS for their very quick response. The reader noted that the time was short – I received the question Wednesday afternoon (13 February) – but the police, who understandably have a lot going on ahead of KAABOO this weekend, replied fast enough for me to write about it before the festival actually kicks off.
An RCIPS spokesperson confirmed that there will be a greater police presence in the neighbourhoods near the festival location, which is in addition to the traffic management and security personnel deployed on site.
However, if residents in the surrounding communities encounter drunk and disorderly people or suffer damage to property, the RCIPS asks you to report the incidents by calling 911, and “police who are in the nearby areas on these additional patrols will be dispatched”, the spokesperson said.
On the issue of parking, the police have designated specific areas as “local access only” in the traffic plan set up for the festival. “Areas outside of these are still public access, but cars should not park in such a way as to obstruct traffic or block driveways,” the spokesperson said, and again advised that any problems should be reported to the police.
I, for one, am hoping that today and tomorrow prove to be quiet for the police – at least when it comes to lawbreakers; I can’t speak to the volume of the performances.
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