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Soldiers in Rose Hall Town on training

Soldiers are deployed in Rose Hall Town, Corentyne but this is not an anti-crime operation, Chief of Staff Brigadier Mark Phillips said Saturday.

A number of persons passing through the municipality on Saturday were a bit uneasy by the heavy presence of soldiers.

However, Phillips said the soldiers were on an Internal Security Training Exercise in Rose Hall for the first time.

The GDF later issued a statement saying that soldiers of the Coastal Battalion and Officer Cadets on the Standard Officers Course # 46 were deployed to the Rose Hall area on an Internal Security Training Exercise.

The Exercise is scheduled to conclude on Monday, November 25, the GDF said.

The GDF trains its soldiers in internal security because they can be called out to support the police. This is usually in times of unrest or extremely violent crime if the major civilian law enforcement is unable to handle such situation and requests military help.