Cop caught parking in disabled slot, again

| 15/09/2014

(CNS): Another police officer has been caught ‘red handed’ in a blue spot (reserved for people who are disabled) parking bay at Camana Bay. According to the person who took the picture, the car was captured on film on 9 September in the covered parking area at the shopping centre in one of the disabled slots. With no blue lights flashing it appears that cop in question was not making an emergency stop.

This is by no means the first time that police cars have been caught illegally parked when officers are not making emergency calls. Organisers of the Blue Spot Campaign, which tries to keep local drivers stay out of disabled spots leaving them clear for those who need them, are livid.

The picture was forwarded to the police commissioner but so far the RCIPS has made no comment on this latest infraction by one of their officers. 

Members of the Blue Spot Campaign said it was “a disgrace” but they had no expectations that the police would do anything about this on-going issue. A spokesperson told CNS that there would come a point when the “people would be pushed too far” when it comes to the authorities disregarding the law while expecting the public to toe the line.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    So what?  Camana Bay has 2 handicapped parking spot for every disabled person in Cayman seems like. I counted 50 the last time I was there.  Suffice to say that they are nearly always empty. 

    Police have to park too.

    Or should they drive around the parking lot for a half hour looking for a space? 

    Do you know what matter the officer was attending to? No? Well Shut-up. Jeez

    Damned if they do and damned if they dont.


    • Anonymous says:

      Yes mr officer we understand but when we go there I bet you you will want to give us a ticket if we can even find you.

    • Anonymous says:

      More like Damned if your damned.  Most people have the discipline to park in one of the many regular parking spaces.  In the Cayman islands it is very apparent that a good amount of the local population have little to no discipline or self respect shown by their intitled parking status.   When you show disrespect for the laws and the people around you then you are a person who society can do without and you will be treated as such. Do you know what the officer was doing?  No?  Then please take your own advice.  If you are the officer then your one we can all do without.

  2. Anonymous says:

    the parking block is not blue maybe the spot next to it is handicap explaining the blue line?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I believe that this is not a current picture as that spot is no longer a blue spot. Could someone be trying to mislead the public and at the same time show the police in a bad light?

  4. Soldier Crab says:

    I am not condoning the use of parking spaces designated for disabled drivers by those who are not, BUT most large car parks, and especially the whole of Camana Bay, roads and all, are private property and the traffic law does not apply and cannot be enforced.  

    The only authority exercisable over Camana Bay parking would have to come from Dart himself or his designee, perhaps Derek Haines and so on down to an ineffective 'security guard' in a pretty uniform who can do nothing more than politely request the 'offending' driver to move his vehicle.

    How many disabled drivers, with the correct registration plate, are there anyway?  I have never seen one.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The RCIP should be permitted to park anywhere they like.  You can not be expected to patrol the dangerous streets of Camana Bay if you can not park.  This sort of finger pointing helps no-one. Also how do we know the officer had not twisted an ankle chasing down a robber?

  6. None Ya says:

    This is exactly what is wrong with the RCIP…they do nothing and think they can get away with anything. Wait til people start posting videos and photos of them using their lights and sirens on SMB to beat the lunch traffic, only to slow down and pull into Wendy's or Chicken Chicken.Saw one last week, and his joke was "he has to hurry and get back to the streets to keep us safe"…which myself and other people in line could only respond with "Keep Us Safe" followed by mild laughter.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Now you know why some young people have no regards for authority?

    Lead by example and the young will follow!

  8. Anonymous says:

    If you want a comment from the RCIP, my advice to you would be 'do not hold your breath.'

  9. Sweet sop says:

    Shame Shame Shame on you RCIP. You need to lead by example. The offenders need to be penalized for their disregard of the law. Come on Mr. Commish do the right thing and let this bad behavior STOP now.

  10. Anonymous says:

    not again..does the police department not feel that they should set the example?  You do not automatically get respect because of your uniform.

  11. Anonymous says:

    OK Mr. Commissioner, we demand to know who the officer is. They should have to speak at EVERY school and explain why you don't do this. 

  12. Knot S Smart says:

    Just tell me the name of this policeman and I will find him and take away his viagra…

  13. Anonymous says:

    You can expect you wont receive any formal response from the RCIPS on this!!! Can bet my new mercedes on that one!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    not again.. come on police officers please set the example.  Respect is earned, not just given because of your uniform.

  15. Anonymous says:

    RCIPS should keep a register of which officers are on patrol and in which vehicle, so the ones breaking the law can be held accountable. Internal disciplinary sanctions should follow too. 

  16. Anonymous says:

    Ahhhh, it's good to be important and above the law.

  17. Anonymous says:

    The RCIPS officers believe because they are the law they are above the law!  They constantly drive around without their seatbelts on as well.  They are the most contradictory people on the planet!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Should not be too hard to find out who the officer was, then charge him/her for parking illegally.

  19. Anonymous says:

    name & shame them cns!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Yep, no surprise here….either about the Police parking illegally, or of the Top Brass doing anything about it!

    Police (most) seem to routinely turn a blind eye to all sorts of illegal traffic matters here!

    Police pay some lip service to upholding the law…but that's about the extent of it. And the general public knows this….and so often also ignore traffic laws.

    Will it change anytime soon? Not likely!

    But I will be taking photos and posting them….and ask all to join in. Maybe we can bring about enough preassure to effect some change…

    CNS….please ask "blue-spot campain" to keep posting the address for all to send pictures to.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Ticket the driver and confirm you have!

  22. Anonymous says:

    1/2 of  RCIP can't read or  write properly – so they don't no the difference. 1/2 of them don't know their names in NEON lights! So how do we expect them to know the difference between handicap parking and regular parking spots!!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Strange that there's no comment from Baines on these documented examples of goonish lazinesss by his band of field officers.  These guys drive recklessly, they run red lights, sometimes full siren and dangerous overtaking to pull into fast food drive throughs, smash up the RCIPS fleet, drive right past overt law-breaking – eroding public trust and fueling discontent in the communitty towards those authority figures that are entrusted to set the highest standard (especially when wearing the uniform) and uphold our values and laws.  It should be met with severe reprimand – like in any other police force – but does this actually happen?  Baines, this is a case where you actually need to assure the public that you intend to answer this with some action.