The T&T Police Service and the Defence Force have mobilised huge resources to ensure that this Carnival is free of incidents that may claim lives and inflict injury on revellers.
The recent unveiling of a drone system to monitor activities on our Carnival streets is the latest of the upgrades that the Police Service is deploying, not just for the festival but for overall security.
In a move at improved transparency, the Police Service has also rolled out dashboard cameras to provide a reliable record of incidents.
Introduction of police dash cam video onto the litigation stage has aided in disputed material facts in deciding summary judgement motions in the United States.
In our case, the availability of video evidence is sure to speed up the processing in the courts.
This year the Police Service has available hundreds of vehicles in the Emergency Response units, and these will serve to handle any incidents requiring quick help.
Homeowners have also be reminded to secure their properties before heading out to events.
But no amount of police and Defence Force resources will succeed if we do not take our safety seriously.
The importance of ensuring that we exercise good judgement in our movements will reduce the possibility of incidents requiring police intervention.
Participants in Carnival events were cautioned against doing anything that would attract the attention of the police and possible prosecution.
For example, partygoers were reminded that they should not drink under the influence of alcohol and if tired, should drive into the nearest police station and take a rest.
One company is also offering patrons the option of a round trip to fetes, thus reducing the possibility of driving under the influence and avoiding accidents involving tired drivers.
Car thieves thrive at this time, and people have been advised to park in well-lit areas that are also monitored by security guards.
Most of all, personal safety remains your responsibility, and all those keen to have a safe Carnival should avoid situations that could cause them physical harm and threat of bodily harm.
We hope that all who have come home for the festival can enjoy themselves free from hostility, aggression or harassment and be able to return home to boast about the good times they experienced.
We urge everyone to exercise good judgment to ensure a good and safe festival.