GT community police officers back on waterfront beat

| 10/03/2022 | 49 Comments

(CNS): As the number of visitors begins to increase with the reopening of the borders and less than two weeks before the first cruise ship in two years is scheduled to dock in George Town Harbour, the RCIPS said that its community officers have returned to the waterfront. Familiar officers will be back on the beat managing visitors and traffic, as tourists slowly return and changes are made to capital’s roads, including the closure of Cardinall Avenue.

The RCIPS said that over the past few weeks, the Community Policing Unit has been gradually increasing patrols in traditionally high-volume visitor areas.

“We know that visitor numbers will continue to grow, especially with the return of cruise ships from the 21 March,” said Superintendent Brad Ebanks. “As such, preparations are well underway and we are deploying resources accordingly.”

The coming weeks will see the return of beat offices directing traffic on Seafarers Way and South and North Church Streets. The officers will once again be helping visitors navigate their way around George Town safely, and helping to lessen the impact on residents commuting and working in the area, while supporting business owners in managing the arrival of customers.

Increased patrols will continue, with additional checks at restaurants, bars and other popular attractions across the islands, including beach patrols using the police ATVs, police said.

“These are just some of the strategies we have in place, and we will adjust our plans as needed,” added Ebanks. “As always, we remain committed to ensuring the safety of all those who live, work in, or visit the Cayman Islands, as we all continue our transition into the new normal.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The dancing policeman is perhaps the most interesting thing to see in central George Town.

  2. Annoyed says:

    Well… we’re are going to need him now that the Powers that be closed Cardinall and are going to screw up traffic even more than it already is. Who do they work for anyway? Not any average Caymanian that I know. Sickening.

  3. Anonymous says:

    All for $how

  4. Anonymous says:

    If he is so good why do you not see him issuing tickets As he walks passed Rackhams on a Friday night with all the cars blocking the footpath or The Sandbar.
    But if you actually watch him he is inside sandbar getting his freebies and keeping the owners sweet and not upsetting the customers.

  5. Anonimous says:

    This Officer is one of the growing few that is very friendly and has a very good and pleasant personality toward the public with easing traffic congestion…………….

    Thank you Commissioner of the Poloce and Inspector Brad Ebanks for choosing caring and concerned officers to direct traffic

    Keep up the good work

  6. Anonymous says:

    Silver lining for the ATV beach patrols is the bikini displays

    • Anonymous says:

      Thorn is the ghost crabs they kill, the disturbing of the peace they cause, and the horrible tracks they leave.

  7. Anonymous says:

    There are lights for the pedestrians to cross arent there?

    • Anonymous says:

      Americans do what they want; when they want.

      New to Cayman and experiencing cruise tourists in GT?

  8. Anonymous says:

    That guy’s awesome. Always puts a smile on my face.

  9. Anonymous says:

    There should be police directing traffic at every set of traffic lights as the amount of people who believe stopping on a red light is voluntary and just drive through is beyond ridiculous.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Officer Fabian is an absolute gem and heart of gold. The level of joy he brings to tourists is long lasting far beyond the material things Cayman offers.
    Beyond that I’ve seen daily how important a police officer is at that intersection to direct tourists and keep the traffic flowing moving.
    God bless you Officer Fabian.
    P.S. just type Cayman dancing police officer and you’ll see how popular Officer Fabian is to tourists.

    • Anonymous says:

      He’s not just popular with the tourists. Seeing him doing his traffic dance makes locals like myself smile also. Nice to see someone who obviously cares and throws energy into their job. 🙂

    • Anonymous says:

      He is a national embarrassment who causes traffic gridlock.

      • Anonymous says:

        There are much bigger national embarrassments than someone trying to bring smiles to people’s faces!

        • Anonymous says:

          Well said. Fabian is a decent guy, who actually interacts with people as opposed to simply driving around in a police car. And talking about embarrassments to Cayman maybe consider the speaker of the house, mount trashmore, the 45 mvas a week, the civil service inefficiencies the cruise line cabal.. need I go on.

      • Anonymous says:

        Because it didn’t exist right Fabian right Gary?

        You might note he directs traffic through red lights on those days because if he didn’t you wouldn’t make it to work.

  11. Anonymous says:

    “The officers will once again be helping visitors navigate their way around George Town”
    So these people are so dumb they need the police to guide them around 3 streets?
    Can we not find someone else and get the police to do something useful for the residents and stay over tourists?

    • Anonymous says:

      They are not helping people navigate. They are providing cruisies with a photo op – “ohh, Elmer, look at the cute uniform, and NO GUN!’ – and making them feel safe that they wont get robbed, being a Caribbean destination and all. Basically just part of the show. They should ask the Governor to dust off the old white uniform and pith helmet, and dance a quadrille with Mac in his robes whilst they are about it. Actually I would pay to see that!

    • Anonymous says:

      You people complaining are really miserable. Wow. If this gets you upset, thank your lucky stars that your life is so good.

    • Anonymous says:

      “So these people are so dumb they need the police to guide them around 3 streets?”

      Clearly you’ve never observed tourists in George Town

  12. Anonymous says:

    How to start your morning off right if you drive in from South Church St. — Queue to let the overweights get across the road to the pedestrianised streets, drive up to Watler Terminal to turn right, wait for “Dancing with the Stars” to overturn the traffic light sequence and let you turn, and drive back to the bottom of the now closed Cardinal Ave.
    Really need a Starbucks now!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Why use a policeman at a perfectly well operating set of traffic lights? If the lights fail yes otherwise leave well alone.

    • Anonymous says:

      7:0 The specimens who waddle/walk off the ships aren’t the brightest sparks in the world. Many of them don’t know what a zebra crossing is let alone how to use it. Hence we get the beautiful sight that is dancing with the cops. I do quite enjoy his enthusiasm but it’s sad that it’s needed.

    • Anonymous says:

      Mostly because pedestrians splutter across in dribbles so cars must continually stop. The traffic officer makes them wait for a collective before allowing them to cross.

      If all you complainers about a traffic officer do not drive thru GT in the morning you would never understand.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Where they on vacation?

  15. Ped Xing says:

    Just performance theater for cruise tourists. Paid for out of the public purse.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Brad – The best strategy is in fact to investigate crimes and arrest offenders. To stringently apply the law. To lobby for amendment where the law is defective, and do all you can to prevent foreign criminals from coming here, and once identified as being here, to do all you can to ensure they are deported without delay. As far as we can tell, the RCIP does none of those things with any consistency. It does have very generous benefits and terms of service though. How many now at the trough?

    • Anonymous says:

      I wonder what that all female parade cost? How many were there? How many hours of training? How many hours not enforcing the law?

      And why did it appear that the racial demographic has such little relation to the racial make-up of Cayman? No Filliping, Canadian, Honduran, Brit, or Indian appear evident amongst them.

      Are they really seeking to be as diverse as the community they serve? Ironic given most of them are seemingly not from Cayman in the first place.

      • Anonymous says:

        TUT TUT. Do not judge a book by its cover. How do you know there were no Brits & no Canadians for example? They come in all shapes, sizes, colours, ethnicities.

        • Anonymous says:

          OK. Show me the Brits and Canadians. Just one of each would be fine.

        • Anonymous says:

          Sure.. Jamaicans too. But it does kind of seem like most them are from Jamaica or of direct Jamaican descent, don’t it? Too afraid to confront the possibility that a single foreign nationality might be dominating law enforcement in the one Caribbean country that chose a different path?

  17. Anonymous says:

    There should be no need to direct traffic with the installed pededstian crossings. If an officer is added into the mix it will simply confuse the situation. Let the crossings do their work and the office can circulate to keep an eye on other issues.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you are driving, you would never be able to get past those crossings because the tourists walk through them in drips and drabs. The traffic cop makes them wait and allows a number of cars to travel through. This is absolutely necessary!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Oh no. Not the dancing policeman who holds up traffic at peak morning rush time, whilst cruise passengers take selfies/videos with him. Traffic is bad enough already. SMH

    • Anonymous says:

      Mostly because they splutter across in dribbles so cars must continually stop. The traffic officer makes them wait for a collective before allowing them to cross.

      If all you complainers about a traffic officer do not drive thru GT in the morning you would never understand.

    • Anonymous says:

      Go live in London or similar city then.

  19. Anonymous says:

    So why were they not deployed at Walkers Rd meanwhile for the past two years to direct traffic by Cayman Prep

  20. Anonymous says:

    If only the rest of the RCIPs were as pleasant as Mr. Fabian.

  21. Anonymous says:

    That’s changed my route into work then, can’t stand to see that moronic muppet dancing around at the traffic lights near Port George. I thought he was meant to be a police officer not a circus performer?

  22. Anonymous says:

    Yes, we best not show the tourists what really goes on here…

    • Anonymous says:

      Quick! Hide the gentrification!

      • lil' bobo in East End says:

        A lot of us like the gentrification.

        What year do you want to go back to? I like 1998 myself but I wouldn’t want it to be 1960’s style time’s here at this point.

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