Screen_Shot_2015-02-25_at_6.40.28_PMFinal plans for intensive security arrangements are being put in place for the Municipal elections next week Wednesday. Police presence will be felt at polling stations and on the streets to prevent any election violence and to keep order. We asked Officer Commanding the Orange Walk Police Formation about their plans for town and it appears the entire formation will be out on the streets.

SUPT DENNIS ARNOLD – Officer Commanding, OW Police

“We will ensure that the police officer hold the hundred yards line and we will not take sides the hundred yards line is the hundred yards line; PUP, UDP, NIP have to stay behind the hundred yards line, the media as well, unless you talk to the presiding officer they are the only ones who can give that permission for you guys to be within the hundred yards line, basically we are there merely to assist them right.”

Maria Novelo – Reporter

“Usually in elections there is a lot of filed up energy aggressions and stuff like that do you guys have to be safe in terms of if push comes to shove hell broke loose, how is it that we will remain at order?”

SUPT DENNIS ARNOLD – Officer Commanding, OW Police

“Well, we have our contingency plan, I don’t want to say what is our contingency plan but we will have our QRT team will be out there, our regular patrol team will be out there, our motorcycle team will be out there right we have police working at the polls at the different polling stations me myself will go and make check every so often to ensure that everything are running the way it should.”

The police are also entrusted with securing the transfer of ballot boxes to the counting stations. The law on the sale of liquor also stands and will be enforced. The police are advising the public that liquor must not be sold from six a.m. to six p.m. on Election Day. With that in place, police say they are not anticipating any problems on March 4th.

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