Two officers warned over collision

Cop cruisers collide

Two Royal Cayman Islands Police
officers have been formally warned over a wreck that involved one marked patrol
car slamming into another on Shamrock Road in April.

Police officials recently confirmed
the 22 April accident, which occurred around 4pm near the intersection of
Destiny Drive and Shamrock Road.

Neither officer was injured.

“A full investigation took place
and a report was submitted to the legal department who instructed that both
drivers should be warned in relation to the incident,” read a statement issued
by RCIPS.

A warning essentially means that a
formal disciplinary letter is sent to the officers and placed on their
personnel file.

An RCIPS spokesperson declined to
provide further details on how the accident occurred. However, a witness who
did not wish to be identified reported that one of the police cars made a
U-turn in the middle of the road.

According to the witness, one
patrol vehicle was headed from Bodden Town to Savannah on Shamrock Road and
made an abrupt turn when another police car heading toward Bodden Town
broad-sided the first squad car.

Police declined to comment on the
details of that account.

Police recently provided details of
another accident involving a patrol vehicle that seriously injured a bicyclist
in downtown George Town.

According to an accident report, a
police vehicle was heading north on North Church Street late at night on
Sunday, 1 August when it collided with a parked car and also struck the cyclist.
Police said the bicyclist was travelling in the same direction as the police
car.

Initial reports obtained by the
Caymanian Compass indicated that the patrol car struck the other vehicle with
such force that it caused the parked car to strike the cyclist, but the police
account of the incident did not specify those details.

The 36-year-old cyclist was taken
to the Cayman Islands Hospital with serious injuries to his head and body. He
survived, but according to hospital officials the man remained in hospital
until Wednesday, 4 August.

The police officer involved in the
1 August accident has been suspended from driving police cars while the
incident is investigated.

Since neither of these police car
accidents was initially reported in any local media, the Caymanian Compass
queried police officials on how often police car accidents occur.

RCIPS Chief Superintendent John
Jones said, as far as he was concerned, the frequency of police-involved car
accidents is not a major issue.

“Injury accidents, particularly
those involving members of the public where the police are at fault, are a very
uncommon occurrence,” Mr. Jones said in response to Compass questions.

“Obviously, we are concerned when
any police vehicle is involved in a road accident and it is policy that all are
investigated thoroughly,” he said. “The frequency of accidents is not seen as a
problem, given the mileage covered and nature of policing.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. RCIPS Chief Superintendent John Jones said, as far as he was concerned, the frequency of police-involved car accidents is not a major issue.

    "Injury accidents, particularly those involving members of the public where the police are at fault, are a very uncommon occurrence,"

    Every police cruiser I’ve every seen looks like it’s been used as a stunt car. Scratches, dings, dents etc. They just never report any of these as these are considered "minor incidents".

    I just wish they would really take a more proactive approach to their responsibilities. Each shift really needs to "care, listen and act" for the full 24 hours. Get out there and cruise the streets to deter criminals!. Don’t wait to respond when something happens.

    I would be out of a job in the blink of an eye if I attended my job with that attitude.

    Oh well so much for speaking up! It’s just same ol’ same ol’!

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  2. That’s hilarious!! I was being sarcastic.

    RCIPS Chief Superintendent John Jones said, as far as he was concerned, the frequency of police-involved car accidents is not a major issue.

    "Injury accidents, particularly those involving members of the public where the police are at fault, are a very uncommon occurrence," Mr. Jones said in response to Compass questions.
    Just the fact that they don’t report anything to the public or media when they have an accident, they don’t file reports when they make a mistake, and they try to brush things off as if it not a big deal,further more they just don’t want to tell the truth, that they are human beings who actually can make mistakes, but really aren’t brave enough to admit they are wrong. They want to cover their mess up. I suppose they just don’t want to add another huge flaw to the list of imperfections the Police Service Possesses.

    I suspect the only reason why this incedent was broadcasted is because they injured someone that can talk about it, and damaged someone else’s property so before they talk the police decided, let’s do it first so we don’t look as bad and take responsibility for our actions. Woo hoo!

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