Reasonable Discretion in Security for ICC WT20

CASTRIES, St. Lucia -- Fans can rest assured that security for next year’s ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010 tournament will reflect an appreciation for the Caribbean way of celebrating cricket.

Speaking after the second meeting of the ICC WT20 West Indies 2010 Security Directorate recently in St. Kitts, Regional Security Manager, Mr. Trevor Paul, noted “safety and security planning is well underway” and that enforcement will be mixed with a sense of allowing spectators some latitude to express their passion for the sport.

“Security arrangements will show an understanding of Caribbean culture and security measures will be balanced against that fact,” he said.

“We’re trying to find a policy that reflects reasonable discretion as to what fans can and cannot bring into the venues. With respect to the consumption of alcohol within the stadium, there is a liquor policy and glass containers will not be allowed.”

Mr. Paul added that the public would be kept abreast of other issues and decisions that would be likely to affect them, such as traffic arrangements and the manner in which the re-entry policy will be carried out.

During the meeting, which was attended by senior lawmen from the host countries as well as security agencies such as CARICOM IMPACS (Implementation Agency for Crime and Security), the Regional Security System and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, the tournament’s Master Security Plan was reviewed and work on it is ongoing.

“At the same time, each host country is working on its venue-specific safety and security plan which includes a number of elements, including an operational plan, a disaster management plan and an event contingency plan. We received updates from the host countries and we’re looking forward to significant progress between now and our next meeting,” disclosed Mr. Paul, a former Commissioner of Police in Trinidad & Tobago.