Tag: RCIPS Air Operations Unit

Police hunt smugglers after finding major ganja haul

Police hunt smugglers after finding major ganja haul

| 11/01/2022 | 33 Comments

(CNS): The RCIPS is looking for members of a smuggling gang after they recovered an undisclosed quantity of ganja, described only as “large”, in Beach Bay, Bodden Town, last weekend. The police said they were unable to reveal the weight at this stage in the investigation, which began in the early morning hours of Saturday […]

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Police chopper to help in TCI migrant crisis

Police chopper to help in TCI migrant crisis

| 01/12/2021 | 17 Comments

(CNS): One of the RCIPS H145 helicopters and its crew have been deployed to the Turks and Caicos Islands to support the police there with a worsening migrant crisis in the islands. Seven undocumented Haitians drowned Monday night after a vessel carrying a large number of migrants collided with a TCI marine patrol boat trying […]

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Police chopper catches images of destruction

Police chopper catches images of destruction

| 23/08/2021 | 16 Comments

(CNS): Steve Fitzgerald, the civilian head of RCIPS Air Operations, has released a number of images take by the helicopter crew after they were able to take to the skies again after Tropical Storm Grace. The assessment shows extent of the damage to structures and vegetation across Grand Cayman. X-Ray One carried out the aerial […]

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980lbs ganja seized off North West Point

980lbs ganja seized off North West Point

| 28/09/2020

(CNS): Three men have been charged with importation of ganja and illegal landing after the Cayman Islands Coast Guard and RCIPS Air Operations Unit intercepted a drug canoe off North West Point in West Bay last Thursday. The open-water bust happened around 3:50am on 24 September, when the crew aboard the police helicopter on aerial […]

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Cop choppers ready for peak storm season

Cop choppers ready for peak storm season

| 11/08/2020 | 3 Comments

(CNS) The RCIPS Air Operations Unit is back to full capacity after both of the helicopters have been serviced and spruced up ready for what is usually the busier part of the hurricane season. The newest H145 arrived back home last month and is now fitted with weather radar, daylight and thermal imaging camera, Nightsun […]

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Cops lend hand in protecting turtles

Cops lend hand in protecting turtles

| 16/06/2020 | 17 Comments

(CNS): Unable to call on their usual army of some 70 volunteers because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Environment has enlisted the help of the RCIPS to monitor turtle nesting sites this season, which began at the beginning of last month. Some exemptions were granted for DoE staff to monitor beaches but crews […]

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Royal Navy to fill in for RCIPS choppers

Royal Navy to fill in for RCIPS choppers

| 21/05/2020 | 34 Comments

(CNS): One of the RCIPS’ two helicopters remains in the United States, where it has been since before the current health crisis, and the other is due for routine maintenance and must be sent off-island for two weeks in June. However, the gap in police support left by the absence of these two machines will […]

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CoP: Cayman complying with curfew

CoP: Cayman complying with curfew

| 27/03/2020 | 29 Comments

(CNS): Police Commissioner Derek Byrne has said that, on the whole, the community is being compliant with the curfew and crime is also stable across the Cayman Islands with no spikes. Police are out in large numbers, making for high visibility, including support from the RCIPS helicopter. There were two burglaries on Wednesday night but […]

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Cops net 673lbs ganja at sea

Cops net 673lbs ganja at sea

| 18/03/2020

(CNS): Three Jamaican men were charged last week with possession of and trying to import ganja into the Cayman Islands after the canoe they were on was interdicted by marine cops. On 12 March the RCIPS helicopter, which was on proactive patrol, spotted the boat with the men on board around 30-40 miles from Grand […]

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RCIPS chopper delivers medicine for stranded ship

RCIPS chopper delivers medicine for stranded ship

| 16/03/2020 | 22 Comments

(CNS): The RCIPS helicopter transported emergency medical supplies on Saturday for a transatlantic cruise ship that is stuck 25 miles off the coast of the Bahamas with five confirmed coronavirus cases on board, four crew and one passenger, and at least 40 people in isolation. The MS Braemar, which has 681 passengers, most of whom […]

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New cop chopper touches down at ORIA

New cop chopper touches down at ORIA

| 08/12/2019 | 10 Comments

(CNS): The new police helicopter arrived at Owen Roberts International Airport on Friday, which will increase the capability of the RCIPS to carry out search and rescue, law enforcement and border protection. This second Airbus H145 is replacing the EC135 helicopter, which crash landed earlier this year due to a technical fault, damaging it beyond […]

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