The first-ever Police Ball held in the Sister Islands last month was a resounding success, say organisers.
The ticket-only event, commemorating 100 years of policing in the Cayman Islands, was held at Biggies Restaurant in the West End of the island.
Guests, including senior members of the RCIPS, were treated to an open-air champagne reception followed by a three-course meal.
Addressing the audience, Chief Inspector Patrick Beersingh, the officer in charge of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman policing districts, noted the extensive assistance provided to him by the local Government Administration, when dealing with matters such as providing a victim care facility and a suitable location for a future gymnasium to be used by all uniformed services, not just the police, stated a press release.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Rudi Dixon noted that the Cayman Brac community continued to display the kind of co-operation with the police that he could recall when growing up as a boy in Spot Bay. Deputy Dixon further noted that whilst the Cayman Islands are widely regarded as one of the safest jurisdictions in the world, so the Sister Islands were perhaps the safest of them all.
Following the speeches, Mr. Dixon, along with the District Commissioner for the Sister Islands Ernie Scott, assisted Chief Inspector Beersingh to present various awards, recognising outstanding contributions made by members of the public, uniformed services and other organisations which have worked in partnership to assist the RCIPS on Cayman Brac during 2007.
Amongst the awards, Acting Police Sergeant Ashton Ferguson was commended for his commitment to duty and diligence in fulfilling his current role.
PC John Morrison was commended for his work with the Cayman Brac Police Band. Administrative Secretary Venice Tatum was recognised for her outstanding commitment to duty at the Cayman Brac Police Station.
Special Constable and Marine Enforcement Officer Erbin Tibbetts and Special Constable and Customs K9 Officer Tate McFarlane were both recognised for their commitment and contributions to the RCIPS in their respective professional capacities.
Neighbourhood Police Officer PC Rob Stewart received the award for Officer of the Year 2007. Deputy District Commissioner for the Sister Islands Mark Tibbetts accepted an award on behalf of the Sister Islands Government Administration staff for their extensive assistance provided to the police on Cayman Brac.
To round off the evening’s celebrations, guests enjoyed dancing to music provided by Mark Knowlton.
A major theme of the Cayman Brac Police Ball, was to promote the message ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ and, as such, transportation home was provided courtesy of the RCIPS for those guests wishing to enjoy the evening’s champagne.
The annual Police Ball in Grand Cayman will take place on Wednesday, 12 December, at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. .During this commemorative evening, guests will have an opportunity to dine with officers, distinguished citizens and senior government officials. For tickets and more information call 924-2201.