A one-week operation which led to drug seizures and arrests was hailed as a success by Royal Cayman Islands Police Chief Inspector Angelique Howell.
The operation involved many RCIPS departments including West Bay and neighborhood police officers, as well as the K9 Unit, the Special Constabulary and the Uniform Support Group.
The operation included:
•The seizure of 64 wrapped ganja packages and one car near the Super C Restaurant. One man was arrested and three other men, who ran away from officers, are currently being sought.
•Fifty ‘rocks’ of cocaine and three parcels of ganja were seized in an operation along Daisy Lane. Three men, aged between 26 and 34 years were arrested.
•’Walkthroughs’ were conducted by officers, with the assistance of K9, in various areas including Birch Tree Hill, Powell Smith Road, Rev Blackman Road and Captain Joe & Osbert – Government Homes. Along with utensils used in the consumption of illegal drugs, police found chairs and other items which indicated that some areas are used quite frequently for drug consumption.
•Officers, including Chief Inspector Howell, carried out patrols in various areas within the district, meeting and talking with people and hearing their concerns and suggestions on how the West Bay Police can serve them.
•A number of road blocks were conducted resulting in various traffic offences being detected including speeding, driving with expired registration and driving without a seatbelt.
•A community meeting was held on Birch Tree Hill Road in the vicinity of the EBO Laundromat and Kelly’s Bar on Friday evening for people living in the area.
‘This campaign was designed to focus heavily on the areas, and the people, known to be involved in crime or criminal activity,’ Chief Inspector Howell said. ‘We carried out preplanned operations, high visibility foot patrols and roadblocks, all of which were intended to disrupt criminal activity and put pressure on those committing crime.’
The campaign also helped to reassure the community that the police do take their concerns seriously and a public meeting was held near the end of the week to allow people to voice their views and concerns.
‘Although the meeting was not terribly well attended, we did get to meet some residents and hear from them what issues they have,’ said Ms Howell. ‘The main concerns we heard about were people receiving a slow response from police, little or no discretion being used for minor traffic violations and the need for more police in West Bay.’