‘Winter Guardians’ placed on holiday patrol

| 01/12/2021 | 10 Comments
Cayman News Service
RCIPS community officers involved in Operation Winter Guardian

(CNS): The RCIPS is increasing the number of foot patrols by community police officers over the holidays as part of this year’s annual safety campaign. Operation Winter Guardian began Wednesday with more officers on the beat, intensified road enforcement operations, as well as crime and road safety education and awareness campaigns.

The operation will continue throughout the holiday season and into the New Year in an effort to ensure the safety of members of the public as they do their shopping, travel the roads and enjoy festivities, police said.

“The focus of our 2021 Holiday Safety Campaign is on ensuring we have significant policing presence to provide reassurance to the public while also deterring crime, both within our communities and business locations, especially during this time of increased commercial activity, socialising, and late opening hours,” said Chief Inspector Malcolm Kay.

Community police will conduct evening foot patrols across residential communities and commercial areas in all the districts to increase visibility and provide support to residents, business owners and shoppers The Special Constabulary will be added to increase the presence of uniformed officers throughout the islands.

Chief Inspector Kay noted that these activities are a major part of police efforts year-round. “However, the festive period brings with it increased activity, which requires a more focused strategy. I would ask all members of the public to work with us, by simply following the law and behaving responsibly, especially when it comes to the Public Health Regulations in regards to COVID-19, as we continue to work to keep our communities safer,” he added.

The police also urged people to be especially cautious of financial crime, which tends to increase during the holiday season as more people shop online, creating a higher volume of transactions with debit and credit cards. The public is urged to take appropriate precautions and guard their financial information closely.

Meanwhile, on the roads Operation Quaker will also be part of the seasonal safety campaign, with the traffic unit deploying high visibility patrols and checkpoints to reduce collisions and crack down on drunk driving, distracted driving and speeding. Members of the new 2021 RCIPS Recruit Class will also be working with the units traffic officers.

Inspector Dwayne Jones, head of the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit said, “As we enter the festive season, we know that social gatherings become more frequent and so the temptation to drink and drive increases. However, regardless of the time of year, drinking and driving can easily end in tragedy. If you plan to drink, you need to find an alternative to driving.”

The RCIPS also continues to support the National Drug Council in the annual Arrive Alive 345 Campaign. This includes the Designated Driver Programme, an initiative among local restaurants to offer complimentary soft drinks to designated drivers. The Purple Ribbon Bus service provides free bus service on New Year’s Eve from 9:00pm to 4:00am for all districts on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.

The RCIPS encourages drivers to take the Purple Ribbon Pledge to not drink and drive over the holiday season.

Visit the National Drug Council here for more information.

More tips on financial crime prevention can be found on the RCIPS website.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    So they hired more people to not do their job. During the day they should be on the road pulling people over for speeding especially in the morning.

  2. Anonymous says:

    how about the normal overstaffed, underworked regular police do their jobs???

  3. Anonymous says:

    i have yet to see an officer patrol anywhere in the central george town on footin over a year.

  4. Anonymous says:

    There’s no need to wear face masks outdoors. It has detrimental effects on health especially in hot climate.

  5. Anonymous says:

    how pathetic. Get yourselves into East End and West Bay and start doing door to door and roadside vehicle checks 10pm-6am.

    • Anonymous says:

      Door to door? You want police to pull up into everyone yard and start banging on the door to ‘check’ what going on?

      If I need Police, I will call them. Nobody should be coming to my yard to check nothing without an invitation.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Why do the RCIPS need names for operations which they give spy to? Why can’t they just fulfil their duties all year round like any other first world police force? It’s like they revel in having a specially named “operation” going. Does having this over hyped image actually get your officers to work any harder?
    Why not just have one big all encompassing name for operating all year long like “Enforcing 24/7/365”. Enough with the spy movie, special operations crap already! Put in your 110% worth all year round, I for one will be satisfied, served and feel more protected with just that.

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