Police website can receive crime reports

A screen grab of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service website.

Is there a abandoned car, weeded lot, late-night hangout or other neighborhood nuisance troubling you?

Cayman residents – and anyone else with access to the internet – can now use the new Royal Cayman Islands Police Service website to send in pictures, videos or written reports to the police about various neighborhood crime-related problems.

The revamped site, www.rcips.ky, was launched Monday and provides links to various police services, as well as information about crime and the police service itself.

However, RCIPS spokesperson Jackie Carpenter said the new site is also being used to assist with community policing, allowing residents to report various issues to police via the site.

“If there are confidential tips … or just information that the community feels the police should know, but they’re not wanting to file a police report, it will just come in as intelligence [to the RCIPS Joint Intelligence Unit],” Ms. Carpenter said.

The website function is not to be used for reporting crime as it happens, she said. In other words, if a resident sees a robbery, shooting, burglary or other serious crime happening, they should call the 911 Emergency Centre as usual.

Ms. Carpenter said the RCIPS is working on establishing a mobile application for smartphones which could be used to send the same reports, but she said that function will not be available for another two to three months.

The RCIPS website will not store any data from users, Communications Officer Jodi Powery said. “We won’t be retaining any personal information for anyone …. This form doesn’t ask for any email address or contact phone number,” she said.

Those who wish to report information on more sensitive, serious criminal activity may still use the Cayman Crime Stoppers website or phone number, or may report that activity to a police officer they trust, Ms. Powery said.

Also included on the site is contact information for the police service’s 26 neighborhood police officers, who work in various areas of Grand Cayman, as another way to contact the RCIPS.

“We’re trying to build that trust between RCIPS and the community,” Officer Powery said.

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