Cops crackdown on Christmas crime

| 04/12/2014

(CNS): The police will begin their Christmas and New Year safety campaign next week and the focus will be on traffic education and enforcement, as well as crime reduction and advice. This year, the seasonal safety initiatives begin on Wednesday 10 December and will run until Sunday 4 January. Outlining the plans for the holiday campaign, Acting Superintendent Angelique Howell said that all aspects of safety and security will be addressed. “People are well used to us launching our festive road safety initiatives. This year,as in previous years, we will continue with our two-fold approach to road safety and crime reduction initiatives. We will also be looking at personal safety, home and business security and safety at sea.”

Howell explained that it is a much more rounded campaign this year, with efforts to cut down Christmas crime.

“Through our programme of education and enforcement we hope to reduce the opportunities for criminality and make people much more aware of the role they can play in making the Cayman Islands’ festive season a safe and crime free one for everyone,” she added.

Chief Inspector Claudia Brady, the operational area commander at George Town Police Station, said, “Throughout the five week period, areas of safety and security outlined by Ag. Supt. Howell will be actively targeted every day and night. However; each week of the campaign will have a dedicated theme where we will raise awareness of the simple steps people take towards personal safety.

“The first week of the campaign will see road safety at the forefront and we will be out in force and encouraging safe driving and don’t drink and drive messages. High visibility patrols and road checks will be commonplace. These checks, not only help us to detect traffic offences, but they also give us another opportunity to search for illegal drugs, guns, other weapons and wanted persons,” the George Town officer stated.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Every police force in every jurisdiction does this.  With people buying presents, carrying perhaps more cash than normal, drink driving etc the RCIP are just trying to make us feel safer i. Our homes, on our streets and in our cars.  I see no pronlem with that.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Don't forget children, a policeman is for life, not just Christmas time..

  3. Anonymous says:

    Deputy Ennis is the most silent deputy I know…. if he was so concerned he should be out there appealing to his people (mostly his Jamaican or mixed) to stop the criminal behaviour. 

    If Ennis a jamaican, is deputy can can't do better job assisting the CoP he too should resign, after all we the Cayman Islands have given him a steady job, during which he was able to get degrees and not have to worry about actual job performance. CoP leaves, Ennis should do right thing and reisgn also.

  4. Anonymous says:

    How about a 24/7/365 crackdown

    • Anonymous says:

      aye 15.40, when I were a lad, we used to 'ave crackdowns 35 hours a day, 10 days a week for 74 weeks of t'year. Tell that to young'uns today and they just wont believe you.

    • Anonymous says:

      And a day off on Leap Years?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Lol look at what happens to those that DO! Where is officer / mr Miguel mcfarlene becuz he didn’t care who what nationality or income bracket you fell in if u deserved a ticket or needed to be arrested you were getting it and he knows his laws unlike most get sjite thrown out of court dummies.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Safe diriving campaign needs to start with the roundabout at Crewe Road where motorists from Old Crewe Road are using both lanes to enter the roundabout then exit left immediately.  I suspect those on the inner lane are actually exiting at the Hurley's roundabout then using Old Crewe Road to beat traffic.  Send your officers there on Monday and see for yourself..

  7. Anonymous says:

    Good to see they are not solely concentrating on dui this year, maybe they can show people how to use the roundabouts too.  But they should probably start with their fellow officers that don't know how to drive,

  8. ThIs WrItInG Is VeRy IrRiTaTiNg says:

    Sorry but isn't this what the police are supposed to be doing all day every day?  I work the whole year and get 5 weeks’ vacation.  It sounds like it is the opposite with the traffic department.

    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe becuase we get 2x's the number of drunk driver's at this time of year than we do the rest…which means everyone on the roads after 10pm is blitzed, rather than just every other driver!

      • Anonymous says:

        12:31, we dont get more DUI's at Christmas, we actually get less because those that partake in drink driving on a regular basis i.e. the other 11 months in the year, actually don't drive in December knowing that there are road blocks every night.

        If they had these road blocks through out the year then we might actually see a decrease in the practice of drink drivng nd te you would actually see how prevalent it is in Cayman.

        That is a FACT.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hoping they'll start from within, for eg doing proper background checks of all officers hired since 2000,  so that we can feel safer and start respecting the RCIPS

  10. Anonymous says:

    They need to do a CRACKDOWN internal first.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Why just Christmas?? They should be cracking down all year 

    • Anonymous says:

      What a bunch of s..t…what are they doing the other 11 1/2 months?  oops I answered that nothing absolutely nothing….crack down at Christmas Time…crack down should be all the time!!!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    What a pile of crock! So law enforcement just happens a couple of times a year?

  13. Sensi says:

    Could hear some shite!

    They should be doing this all year!


  14. Anonymous says:

    they should start in George Town police station !

  15. Anonymous says:

    “…and wanted person.” That about sums up the third world shit-hole we are rapidly becoming.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes. We expect first class educated first world police officers to come here and serve and report to that?

  16. Anonymous says:

    By clearing out the murderers and sexoffenders they employ?

  17. Anonymous says:

    I am so sick of their flippin advice and mock disappointment year after year.  Get out there and do your jobs every day and all year round!