Cops have certainly been in the firing line over the past few months, but for the boys in blue, they have taken to the football pitch to boost morale.
So by swapping their hand cuffs for shin pads, they hope the beautiful game can help them work better. Cayman 27’s Philipp Richter has more.
“Police officers from day to day do a stressful job as we all know,” said Athelston Watts, league organizer.
As their logo states, they care, listen, and act, now you can add playing football to the slogan.
“We go out there and we interact with the public , we go back into our office, we get all of our reports updated and at the end of the day, we come out here just to unwind and relax with playing the beautiful game of football,” said Mr. Watts.
So after a tough day policing the streets of Cayman, the place to relax and unwind is here. On the football pitch.
“We talk about some of those things before we go on the field and you know when we go out there we play and we enjoy the game and when we are finished we sit down again and talk about it … And so it helps us to prepare us for tomorrow,” said Athelston Watts.
The police department has more than four hundred employees, playing football is more than just a game, and it’s a chance for departments to interact.
“What we found the last year and so far this year is that these officers who didn’t know each other, everyone knows each other and so when we pass each other on the road, everybody honks at each other, or if we are out there working, we don’t have to say who are you and who is this, we know each other and that is what this game of football is allowing officers to do,” said Mr. Watts.
They feel having a strong bond within the police force, ultimately leads to a strong force against crime.
“A lot of officers have expressed satisfaction with having this competition, the last match which was on Monday, one officer when we were leaving here, he said you know, we should have this competition two times a year,” said Athelston Watts.
So as new goals are set fighting crime. Goals on the pitch could prove just as important when it comes to boosting morale, Philipp Richter, Cayman 27.
The police inter-department championship will be on May the 16th at the Cayman Football association field in Red Bay.