With less than 100 days to go before the staging of the April 8 Grenada Invitational track & field meet at the National Stadium at Queen’s Park, a robust security plan is being put in place for the event.
Preliminary details of the plan were unveiled by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) Jessmon Prince at a press launch for the inaugural meet.
ACP Prince disclosed that the security plan will be implemented from the time of the arrival of the athletes right until their departure with heavy emphasis placed on the event itself at the stadium.
He said that part of the security plan calls for a safe and secure environment for patrons attending the one-day event.
According to the Senior Police officer, RGPF is happy to work along with private security companies, stadium security, and other voluntary groups to provide the environment for the hosting of the Grenada Invitational.
He said the robust security plan being put together will involve parking, screening, and searching of persons entering the stadium two hours before the start of the games.
ACP Prince announced that persons will not be permitted to enter the stadium without a ticket or accreditation passes.
“If you are coming into the stadium and you do not have a badge, you would (not) be allowed, or a ticket, you would not be allowed into the stadium,” he said.
The high-ranking RGPF member indicated that if the games are sold out, parking will be limited for VIP’s and specially invited guests at the Athletics and Football Stadium while the parking area at Gate 6 of the nearby Cricket Stadium will be used by the General Public.
He stressed that the Grenada Invitational will be an international event as he called on patrons to conduct themselves in a good manner as a means of promoting the country as a venue for other international events.
ACP Prince made a plea for the cooperation of patrons “because we are going to be very firm and decisive in dealing with any breach of these rules and regulation.”
Among the top athletes expected to participate in the track meet are former Olympic gold medalist 100 metre sprinter, Justin Gathlin, and Jamaican sprinters, Asafa Powell and Veronica Campbell-Brown and local favourite Kirani James.