Cops claim success for high profile NYE policing

| 04/01/2010

(CNS): While 26 people may have found themselves celebrating the New Year in the police cells, officers from the RCIPS said the New Year weekend passed peacefully and safely for the vast majority of people in the Cayman Islands. A public safety operation launched by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service RCIPS on the 31 December to ensure that the many public events and New Year parties passed without incident was a success police stated. The high profile presence and random roadblocks helped to keep the roads and public safe throughout the night.


A total of 26 people were arrested however for a variety of offences including outstanding warrants, traffic offences, disorderly conduct, possession of drugs, suspicion of burglary, and traffic offences. This number includes four people arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) on New Years Eve.

 “The high profile presence on our streets made sure that thousands of people not only had a great time while bringing in the New Year – but were also safe during those celebrations,” said Chief Inspector Angelique Howell, the officer in charge of the New Years Eve operation. “The combination of high visibility patrolling and our zero tolerance approach to crime meant that the few who did commit crime were quickly arrested and will now face court.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    only because all the criminals were high on ganja or drunk there wasnt much trouble, im sure they will soon wake up and make 2010 hell. you will see

  2. Peter Milburn says:

    I did forget to thank the RCIPS for their efforts and hard work

  3. Peter Milburn says:

    I agree with some other commenst on here but why publicise the fact that these road checks(blocks)will be set up at certain times.Just do it and keep the wrong folks guessing.

  4. Commons Sense says:

    Well done RCIP and thanks for your efforts!

  5. i don't have all the answers, but.... says:

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight… and December the 31st is the only day worthy of this level of policing because what again???

    RCIPS, Good Job! Not just a generic self serving ‘good job’ but you have shown youcan do it, what is to stop EVERY day being policed this way? I know it may be naive to expect every day to pass without serious crime, but also it has been shown that with the correct supervision, direction and leadership (and I’m not just talking about Ms. Howell) our country can be policed effectively, even with some of the dross we have wearing the uniform here. Yes, it is just one day, when basically the ‘criminal element’ decided not to do anything serious, but there is much to be said about an overt visible presence, rather than just an occasional air-conditioned drive by.

    Before you knock the police here, (and lord knows, some of them need knocking clean out of the hemisphere..) take some time to praise and support them. If you know something about a crime, tell the police or even use the ‘TIPS’ line to share the information. You would want someone to do the same if the victim was your loved one… tell the police, and tell no one else you’ve done it, that way you have protected yourself against any possible consequences, although if you look hard enough and find a spine in yourself, you’ll do it anyway.

    Happy New Year!