Police bring back their awards event


It’s not exactly a resurrection of
the policeman’s ball, but the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has plans to
host an awards event next month that will honour both its officers and
community members for outstanding service.

The RCIPS Outstanding Service
Awards event is set for 18 March.

The last time the police ball was
held was in December 2007. The event typically included the police
commissioner’s awards for various officers who were deemed to have gone above
and beyond the call of duty.

For the March event, local residents
and organisations have the chance to be honoured along with RCIPS officers.

The police service announced last
week that it is seeking nominations from Cayman Islands residents for any
individuals or organisations who have made outstanding contributions to
community safety in the Cayman Islands.

“We have said time and time again
that we do not police in isolation,” Police Commissioner David Baines said. “We
depend heavily on cooperation and the support of people and organisations
throughout the country.

“That support is demonstrated in
many different ways – from working with our neighbourhood officers at community
events, being active in anti-crime initiatives or assisting officers during
specific incidents. The [RCIPS Community Award] is our way of saying thank you
and formally recognising the contribution that our citizens make to keep these
Islands safe.”

Nominations for the community award
opened on 17 February and will close on 4 March. Forms are available at RCIPS
district stations and on the RCIPS website at www.rcips.ky.

Several other awards will be
presented to RCIPS officers at the event, Mr. Baines said, including; Police
Officer of the Year, Support Staff Member of the Year, the Diversity Award, the
Police Welfare Award, and the Special Constable of the Year.

“This event is a celebration of
that commitment and an opportunity for us to highlight the many positive
aspects of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service,” Mr. Baines said.

The event will be held at the
Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Private sponsors are underwriting all the costs for
the function, police said. 

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