On Tuesday, 25 February, police carried out a co-ordinated “Day of Action” operation across Grand Cayman. The purpose of this operation was to maintain public confidence, increase visibility of officers, target illegal activities and areas frequented by anti-social behaviour, and prosecute law breakers. In addition, plans were put in place to execute warrants and conduct search warrants, as well as to have community outreach and engagement.
“It was a challenge to organize this event, which required strategically deploying resources, including officers from specialist units who do not usually work on the front lines. But in the end, the outcome was very rewarding and I was pleased with the level of dedication shown by all the officers who took part in the operation,” says Inspector Roje Williams, who is currently in charge of Major Events Planning.
Throughout the 24-hour period during which the operation was carried out, eighty (80) traffic tickets were issued, with a focus on speeding, illegal tint and driving while using a mobile phone. Over thirty (30) persons were arrested, the majority of whom were on warrant. However, several wanted persons were also arrested in relation to on-going investigations, including robbery and burglary investigations. Officers in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman also conducted additional patrols and vehicle. Fourteen (14) traffic tickets were issued in Cayman Brac and a further four (4) in Little Cayman on the day of the operation.
“It was important for us as Community Officers to be involved this operation. Our goal is to keep the public and youth engaged, involved and informed about the things that are happening in their community,” says Inspector Courtney Myles, in charge of Community Policing. “We will continue to do our part in keeping the Cayman Islands safe.”
Officers in Grand Cayman implemented fourteen (14) vehicle checkpoints and executed five (5) search warrants during the operation. Community Police officers also visited several pre-schools to provide students with road safety tips and general information on the roles of police officers.
“I am pleased with the results that were attained in this operation. It is important that the service carries out spontaneous operations such as this to combat crime in the Cayman Islands. We also want to reassure the public that we are taking action on the issues they have raised through various avenues such as community meetings, website tips or simply through conversations with our officers,” says Deputy Commissioner Anthony Ennis, who was head of the operation. “As a service, we will continue to do our part in ensuring the lawfulness and safety of the Cayman Islands. We will continue to carry out our services to the people with efficiency, effectiveness and professionalism. We would like to thank the public for their continued support and cooperation in these trying times.”