For the first time since 2003, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service will hold its Police Ball.
This year, the event will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Wednesday, 6 December.
Deputy Police Commissioner Rudolph Dixon said the RCIPS could not find a better place than the Ritz-Carlton in which to hold the prestigious event.
‘[The Police Ball] commemorates the things the police have accomplished over the year,’ he said, noting that members of the public and private sector are invited to enjoy the event as well.
Mr. Dixon said the Police Ball was not about raising funds for any special cause.
‘Usually, we have to subsidise the event,’ he said. ‘We just try to cover our costs and provide a good time for the police and our partners in the community.’
The Police Ball is usually held annually. However, the event planned in 2004 was cancelled due to Hurricane Ivan and it was not held last year either.
The RCIPS therefore hopes to make this year’s event extra special, which is part of the reason for holding the event at the Ritz-Carlton.
The other big part of the reason is that the Ritz-Carlton is partnering with the RCIPS in the event by offering substantially discounted rates for the venue, the food and drink for the evening.
‘The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is very proud to help honour the RCIP and the valuable services they provide for our community’, said the hotel’s Vice President and General Manager Jean Cohen.
Members of the RCIPS will also get to show off their secret or not so secret other talents.
One of the most popular aspects of the Police Ball – the baton swinging – will be a part of the programme once again, under the direction of Chief Inspector Martin Bodden.
Twelve RCIPS officers will swing batons lit with different colour lights in a 10-minute programme choreographed to music.
‘We’re going to start practicing this week,’ said Mr. Bodden.
Other entertainment to be provided by RCIPS officers will include a display by bodybuilders and a skit, Mr. Bodden said, adding that there will also be a few surprises in the programme.
‘We just want to have some fun, eat some good food and have a good time together,’ he said.
This year’s Ball is themed Celebrating Our Diversity. Tickets are open to the public on an individual basis, or through the purchase of corporate tables.
Partnership affiliations are also available on a limited basis.
For more information on the event, email [email protected] or call 924-2201