Residents in West Bay should soon see an increased focus on neighbourhood policing thanks to new responsibilities assigned to Sergeant Everton Spence.
Originally from Jamaica, Sergeant Spence has been with the RCIPS for more than 10 years and has gained an enormous amount of experience in neighbourhood policing concepts.
No stranger to West Bay, Officer Spence has served the district previously, as well as George Town. He has been operating as shift Sergeant in West Bay for more than a year and will now use the local knowledge he has gained to assist with his new responsibility of neighbourhood policing.
Sergeant Spence is a trained DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) instructor, has completed a basic street gang identification course in Jacksonville, Fla. and has passed a Crime Prevention Residential Applications course. Residents may also remember him from the RCIPS’s Radio programme ‘The Police and You’ which aired on Radio Cayman.
‘It’s a pleasure to be back in West Bay with a focus on neighbourhood policing,’ said Sergeant Spence. ‘It’s a great district and I am looking forward to working with the community.’
The district is split into four beats and two officers will be assigned to each. These officers will work with the community and partnership agencies to address residents’ concerns. Once the postings have been completed residents will be informed of names and contact numbers.
‘I have been in West Bay for a while now and the residents with whom I have met have welcomed the concept of neighbourhood policing,’ Sergeant Spence added. ‘Everyone seems to be excited about what we will be doing in the future to address issues and concerns. We plan to work in a multi-agency approach with schools, churches and other government departments and agencies.’
Area Commander Chief Inspector Angelique Howell said concerns about quality of life issues have been raised at community meetings and the district is responding. ‘We know people care about their neighbourhoods and we hope to work in closer partnership with them to address issues and concerns. Neighborhood policing can only operate at its full potential if we all work together.’
Anyone wishing to contact Sergeant Everton Spence can reach him on 925-5046 or email [email protected].