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Police: 24-hour curfew met with ‘almost complete compliance’

A 5am on Saturday a 24-hour curfew expired, and residents of Cayman were once again permitted to venture out of their homes to make trips to gather essential supplies.

Police Commissioner Derek Byrne gets four more years

Government has extended Police Commissioner Derek Byrne’s contract by four more years.

Police to reconstruct fatal boat accident

The Royal Cayman Islands Police is bringing a marine accident reconstruction investigator from overseas to help with the probe into the fatal boat crash on Sunday, 11 Aug., in which two men were killed and a woman seriously injured.

Police: Reports of child rape in Bodden Town ‘misinformation’

Commissioner of Police Derek Byrne says online reports of a rape of a boy in Bodden Town are incorrect, describing them as “misinformation” that has been causing alarm and tension in the district.

RCIPS looking at building new station in West Bay

A section of land on Batabano Road has been cleared for the possible construction of a new police station for West Bay.

Caribbean police chiefs seek to establish closer ties

Caribbean police commissioners are meeting in Cayman this week to improve the effectiveness of regional policing in response to the changing threats from transnational crime.

Caribbean top cops meeting in Cayman this week

Police commissioners from around the Caribbean are in Cayman this week to discuss regional law enforcement issues.

Digital crimefighting hub to open in Cayman

A new digital forensics hub in Grand Cayman will help tackle increasingly sophisticated cybercrooks both here and across the Overseas Territories.

Drug trafficking among key regional threats

Drug trafficking, terrorism and the growing threats posed by digital crime are among the key regional threats that will come under the microscope as police chiefs from around the Caribbean meet in the Cayman Islands next week.

RCIPS unit to tackle money laundering

A new task force has been established to proactively investigate money laundering and terror financing in the Cayman Islands.

Police pilots in Jamaica training exercise

Cayman’s police helicopter pilots travelled to Jamaica with the new chopper recently for a training exercise flying in the mountains.

EDITORIAL – Public safety: Making sense of crime statistics

There was good news and bad news in the annual crime statistics released last week by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. Most notable, perhaps, being the sizable drop in burglaries reported in 2018.

Police keep up pressure on drug smugglers

Police will keep up the pressure on criminal gangs shipping drugs into the Cayman Islands after confiscating more than $1 million of ganja in six major marine raids during 2018.

Burglary rate hits 18-year low

Police are crediting the arrest and imprisonment of a significant number of prolific offenders with causing a sharp drop in the burglary rate across the Cayman Islands.

Police commissioner hears from Brackers

Commissioner of Police Derek Byrne was on Cayman Brac last week to meet with residents and hear their concerns at a community meeting.

New helicopter plugs national security gaps

A new $9 million, state-of-the-art helicopter will help ensure the national security of the Cayman Islands, according to police commissioner Derek Byrne.

Police welcome 23 recruits

Twenty-three local recruits were sworn as the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s Class of 2019 on Monday.

Commissioner supports track plan for bikers

After years of issues with rogue bikers riding recklessly on Cayman’s roads, police are taking a different approach. Officers escorted a convoy of motorcyclists on an islandwide rally Sunday that ended in West Bay, where a section of the road was closed to allow off-road bikers free rein to show off their skills.

Driver runs down police officer at roadblock

A police officer was injured Saturday night after being struck by a hit-and-run driver at a roadblock in West Bay.

Cayman’s Coast Guard chiefs announced

Former police superintendent Robert Scotland has been recruited to head up the new Cayman Islands Coast Guard unit, a 42-strong force that will be the island’s first line of defense against drug and gun smugglers.

Police open recruiting to foreigners

Non-Caymanians who have legally resided in Cayman for at least the past four years will be allowed to apply for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s latest recruiting class.

North Side meeting highlights burglaries

Anyone who reports an incident to the police has the right to receive updates on that report, Commissioner of Police Derek Byrne said Thursday night during a public meeting at the Craddock Ebanks Civic Centre in North Side.

RCIPS launching recruitment drive

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is launching its annual local recruitment drive on Monday, targeting Caymanians and permanent residents between the ages of 18-40 with no restrictions to work.

Community policing makes immediate impact

On March 21, a suspected cockfighting ring in Newlands was broken up and 80 roosters seized.

Police: $220,000 found inside cardboard box

A police raid on a suspected West Bay drug den last month turned up significant quantities of ganja and cocaine, as well as $220,000 cash that was stored in a cardboard box, officers said.

Commissioner Byrne ‘not a candidate’ for top Irish police job

Cayman’s senior police officer said Monday that he was not a candidate for the leadership post at Ireland’s national police force An Garda Siochana.

EDITORIAL – Shift road safety and enforcement into a much higher gear

Officials must do everything in their power to get drivers who cannot drive, or do drive, but drunk or recklessly, off Cayman’s roadways.

Police 3-year plan: Gangs, ‘top 10’ suspects targeted

Massively increased traffic enforcement, additional anti-gang training and the internal monitoring of criminal suspect “top 10” lists are all part of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s three-year public safety plan.

Quad patrols planned to fight crime on the beaches

Police officers on quad bikes could soon be patrolling Seven Mile Beach in an effort to clamp down on crime against tourists.

Powerful panel assembled for tourism meeting

The heads of the police force, port and airport will field questions from tourism industry figures at the Cayman Islands Tourism Association’s annual general meeting, Wednesday.

Cayman cybercrimes shoot up since 2014

While the number of cybercrimes reported in Cayman – computer scams like phishing, compromising email accounts or malware – has quintupled within the past four years, the local police service’s ability to deal with such matters has not.

Orange-masked dirt bike rider arrested

Six months after Grand Cayman’s “Ride of the Century” that saw dozens of motorbikers storm a police roadblock and exhibit a general disregard for road rules, the man depicted in a photograph that became symbolic of the event has been arrested.

Police: Toughen traffic laws

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is backing changes to local traffic laws that would make it easier to seize and destroy motorbikes that are not street legal, Police Commissioner Derek Byrne said Friday.

Arson totals police cars, bill is $95,000

Two police patrol cars that were set on fire last week cannot be repaired and will have to be replaced by new vehicles, Police Commissioner Derek Byrne said Friday.

Update: Arrest made in police car arson

Police make a quick arrest in connection with an arson involving two patrol vehicles.

EDITORIAL – Governor Choudhury steps up in Cayman’s battle against crime

The governor has a fresh perspective and appears to have a sturdy spine and willingness to take on difficult problems, all of which will serve him well in leading – and winning – the uphill battle against crime.

Sexual predator threat under investigation

Police have warned a “sexual predator may be at large” after reports that a man attempted to take a 7-year-old girl from her own yard in West Bay, Saturday.

‘If we fail to listen … we fail’

At 5:58 p.m. Tuesday evening, Police Commissioner Derek Byrne was sitting at a table all alone in the meeting room of the James M. Bodden Civic Centre in the Bodden Town district.

Police-biker cooperation ‘hasn’t worked in longer term’

It seems Cayman Islands motorbike enthusiasts do not want to hang out with the police during their rides.

RCIPS launches community policing plan

Twenty-six Royal Cayman Islands Police officers have now been assigned to full-time neighborhood policing duties around Grand Cayman, as the department attempts to expand its visible presence within the community.

Police service welcomes 11 new recruits

The newest crop of recruits to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officially began their service earlier this month.

EDITORIAL – Pothole patrols, ‘potty patrols’ and now ‘pot patrols’

Several months ago, we commended the National Roads Authority’s “pothole patrol” enlisting community help in flagging dangerous or deteriorating roadway conditions. Now we have Police Commissioner Derek Byrne’s announcement at a community meeting last week of the formation of a different squad: Namely, a “pot patrol.”

Drug dogs to patrol Cayman’s streets, beaches

Officers with drug-detecting dogs will soon be regularly patrolling the territory’s streets and public beaches, according to Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Commissioner Derek Byrne.

Police to host public meeting in West Bay

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service will hold a community meeting Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in the main hall at John A. Cumber Primary School in West Bay.

Byrne: We cannot ‘alienate’ young motorbikers

A group of local motorbike enthusiasts and opposition MLAs were surprised to hear what Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner Derek Byrne told them during a private meeting Thursday night.

Police chief condemns rogue bikers

Police Commissioner Derek Byrne has denounced last Sunday’s disruptive motorbike ride around Grand Cayman, which he said demonstrated that the rogue bikers involved “have no regard for their safety or for the safety of anyone else.”

Mob of bikers storm police roadblock

A pack of motorcycle riders took over the streets of Grand Cayman Sunday, terrifying motorists and taunting police as they rallied at high speed around the island.

Commissioner: Police need ‘a lot of phones’

They have aerial and marine patrol units, taser stun weapons, and computer-aided dispatch systems in their patrol cars enabling them to retrieve all sorts of information from around the Cayman Islands.

Officers, road closures may address gridlock

With eastern districts residents mired in hours-long traffic jams during both morning and afternoon rushes, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is considering drastic new measures in attempts to make the daily commute safer and somewhat more bearable.

Budget plans $15M for new GT, WB police stations

The Cayman Islands government plans to spend more than $15 million over the next three budget years on new police stations for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service in George Town and West Bay.

Coastal patrols ‘under-resourced’

Marine coastal patrols in the Cayman Islands are “hugely under-resourced,” Premier Alden McLaughlin acknowledged to lawmakers this week following questioning in the Legislative Assembly’s Finance Committee.

New police officers to walk beat, bolster specialist units

An influx of 75 new police officers will be used to increase high-visibility community patrols and bolster resources in child protection and serious and organized crime units, according to Cayman’s police chief.

Cayman police in British Virgin Islands brace for Hurricane Maria

After Hurricane Irma devastated the British Virgin Islands less than two weeks ago, 16 Cayman Islands police officers deployed there were instrumental in helping restore law and order – efforts that included rounding up dozens of escaped prisoners.

Police service holds open recruitment drive

Nearly four dozen Cayman Islands residents who wanted to learn what it was like to work as a police officer showed up Saturday at the Royal Cayman Islands Police training unit for an open recruitment drive.

RCIPS makes fresh bid for Caymanians to join local law enforcement

Although its last two police cadet graduating classes fell well short of the numbers the service would like to see for new hires, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service leadership is bidding again for Caymanians to join local law enforcement.

Police dust off uniforms, hit the streets in warrant sweep

Plainclothes detectives, scenes of crime officers and financial crimes investigators hit the streets in their Royal Cayman Islands Police Service uniforms during a community warrant sweep last week, getting a chance to mingle with the public while carrying out regular patrol duties.

Commissioner: RCIPS ‘must accept’ its failures in child abuse cases

Overall mismanagement, rather than specific individual officers’ failures, was the primary reason a number of child sexual abuse cases investigated by local police will never get to court, Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Commissioner Derek Byrne said Friday.

More child sex abuse cases will be dropped

Two more child sex abuse cases investigated by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service within the past five years will not be taken to court for “a number of reasons,” police said Friday.

Police force to increase to 450 officers

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is slated to hire more officers within the next three years than it ever has, according to government budget plans.

Government proposes police ‘community wardens’

When Police Commissioner Derek Byrne revealed plans last month to create a community police force of more than 30 officers in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, Premier Alden McLaughlin stated his support for the initiative.

Byrne: Community policing will reduce tourism crime

An expanded neighborhood police force should help resolve many of the crime problems Cayman faces in its prime tourist areas and at tourism-related businesses, Police Commissioner Derek Byrne said this week.

Foul-mouthed man let go after yelling at police

A video recorded from inside a vehicle that was stopped at a police roadblock on Grand Cayman caught a man cursing the police commissioner and swearing at officers manning the traffic stop.

Police to get bigger budget, more officers

Police Commissioner Derek Byrne revealed plans this week to create a community policing force of more than 30 officers in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

Customs officer among five arrested in drug raid

A Cayman Islands customs officer was arrested in a Friday night drug raid in George Town along with three foreign nationals from Venezuela and a West Bay resident, police and customs officers announced Monday.

Cayman customs officer, 3 Venezuelans arrested in drug raid

A Cayman Islands customs officer was arrested in a Friday night drug raid in George Town along with three foreign nationals and a West Bay resident, police and customs officers announced Monday.

Commissioner ‘alarmed’ after two cops beaten

A Royal Cayman Islands Police officer is in danger of losing sight in one eye after being attacked by a suspect late last week. Two officers were violently attacked by a suspect they were attempting to arrest.

Two cops beaten in ‘vicious’ assault

Two police officers responding to a burglary report in George Town Thursday were violently attacked by a suspect they were attempting to arrest in connection with the crime, police said Friday.

North Side, East End get new police officers

Four new police officers have been stationed permanently in the districts of East End and North Side as of May 1, Police Commissioner Derek Byrne announced last week.

East End residents want more police

About 100 East End district residents gave Police Commissioner Derek Byrne an earful Thursday night regarding concerns that crime is growing in the small community and their perception that police seem to be doing little about it.

No charges in fatal police shooting

Cayman Islands prosecutors reviewing a deadly January shooting by police have ruled that no charges will be filed against any of the officers involved.

Online police clearances now available

The days of making two trips to the police records office on Walkers Road to obtain police clearances are over, at least for internet users.

Police commissioner heads to East End in wake of backlash

Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner Derek Byrne will meet with East End district residents Thursday night in the wake of some community backlash over a quadruple-fatal car crash in the district on May 2.

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