People who are designated ‘persona non grata’ at Grand Cayman nightclubs can be arrested by police if they attempt to return to those establishments after being barred.
Royal Cayman Islands Police Superintendent Marlon Bodden said officers have always had the ability to arrest those individuals for trespassing if they receive a formal communication from the club about a certain person or group being barred from attending the establishment.
However, he said local clubs and officers are trying to establish a more robust system in which nightclubs and bars communicate with each other about problem patrons.
“Just because you’re barred from one club, it [doesn’t] necessarily mean that it would automatically translate into being barred from all clubs,” Superintendent Bodden said. “What we’re saying is that the clubs should speak with each other….and once an individual has been barred from a particular club, we think the other clubs should be aware of that.”
What the nightclubs should do, according to Mr. Bodden, is notify both the barred individual and the police via a formal letter. If that person returns to the premises, club employees are then free to call the police.
“It would be trespassing because they would have received a formal letter telling them they are forbidden because of their conduct or a series of misbehaviours,” Mr. Bodden said.
Other changes being discussed among police and local clubs include signed amendments to employment agreements that require nightclub workers, including security guards, to cooperate with police.
Police Commissioner David Baines has previously said officers with the George Town “hot spot” teams had been delayed at the entrances of certain bars, essentially impeding them in the course of their duties.
Police indicated nightclubs have generally agreed not to dispense glass beer bottles, except at VIP areas, where it is considered part of the service.
The nightclubs have agreed to form an association that will meet with RCIPS officers quarterly.
The clubs have also agreed to install signs that promote responsible drinking.