According to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit was officially expanded on March 28 to include a new unit of seven police officers. The unit is being led by one sergeant, PS Joleta Wolliston, who will have six constables working alongside her to meet the needs of Road Policing in the eastern districts.
The officers are deployed to work from Shamrock Road in the Prospect area, into the eastern districts of Bodden Town, North Side, and East End. They will be focusing their efforts on reducing the potential for serious and fatal collisions by prioritizing the offenses of speeding and DUI, among other offenses.
Commenting on the deployment to the eastern districts, Commissioner Derek Byrne said that “the decision to assign a dedicated traffic enforcement team to the eastern district has been a long time coming, not only because of the community concerns but also because of the driving trends and behaviours that have been recorded in the eastern districts.”
For now, the assigned officers are split into two shifts and two dedicated traffic vehicles have been assigned to provide enhanced visibility and enforcement. These vehicles are marked and are distinguishable from our other patrol vehicles. I hope that new unit will reassure the community that their concerns are being heard and actioned and we thank the community for their continued support. The effectiveness of the new unit will be reviewed over the coming weeks and months.
PS Wolliston, who leads the new unit, explained that her interest in roads policing stems from the poor driving habits and their consequences that she witnessed and been affected by as a young adult.
I am very much looking forward to working with our communities, as we seek to make our roads safer in the eastern districts, through education and enforcement.
PS Wolliston said.
Area Commander, Inspector Soto, also shared the reasons behind the new deployment, saying that “the community has asked us to prioritise road safety and have cited speeding as one of the top concerns” and “PS Wolliston and her team of officers will take on this task with efficiency.”
We hope that the public takes this as an opportunity to reflect on their driving habits and encourage others to be safe by driving within the speed limits and not drinking and driving. Your support and encouragement may save lives.
Inspector Soto added.
The RCIPS will now have two teams, one covering West Bay and George Town, up to the Red Bay area, and the other covering the Eastern Districts. Inspector Andre Tahal will head both teams with support from the Area Commanders in West Bay and George Town as needed.
With more resources in place, the RCIPS are in a better position to achieve their objective to “reduce fatal collisions, serious injuries and make our roadways safer for all road users,” according to Inspector Tahal.
We are grateful to the Senior Leadership Team and the supporting teams such as Estates Management, Stores, Finance, and IT for working together to make this move and transition a smooth one.
Inspector Tahal said.