The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service held a ‘Day of Action’ last week that involved 74 officers carrying out high-visibility traffic stops, patrols and liquor licence premises checks. During a variety of operations, police issued 55 traffic tickets and arrested two people.
On Thursday, 15 Aug., officers carried out operations simultaneously throughout the day and night, including serving warrants, issuing search warrants, traffic stops, mobile and foot patrols, and licensed premises checks.
According to police, during the operation 55 tickets were issued on traffic operations for several offences, including speeding, illegal tint and driving while using a mobile phone; 16 warrants were executed; and two people were arrested on suspicion of possession and consumption of ganja, as a result of search warrants being executed.
“Several liquor license premises were also checked during the day and night, to ensure that they are in compliance with the liquor license law,” police said in a press release.
During the operation, several detectives and other officers who would normally be wearing plain clothes wore uniforms to increase the visibility of police officers. Officers from various specialist units were also re-assigned to carry out front-line policing duties, and additional foot patrols were “carried out in certain areas that usually have problems or that are vulnerable to crime”.
Superintendent Robbie Graham in charge of Uniform Services said, “Aside from the numbers of tickets, arrests and warrants that were carried out during our day of action operation, the preventative aspect that comes as a result of our increased visibility and strategic patrols cannot be measured. We are always seeking to improve officer visibility to ensure community confidence and reassurance.”
He added, “While we cannot redirect our resources this way on a continuous basis, we hope to carry out similar operations more often in the future, as resources and operational needs permit.”
Police said these types of operations are usually carried out annually to test response and operational capabilities on a large-scale.