The long weekend is right around the corner and officers say personal safety is no excuse to arm yourself on a night out.
The new man in charge of uniform policing on our streets, Superintendent Robert Graham, says leave your weapons at home or pay the price.
He said, “Safety is not a defence for carrying an offensive weapon, or a knife into a public area. The RCIPS will not tolerate individuals that place the public under risk through carrying a weapon.” He added, “There is no real excuse to be carrying a large knife or a machete in a public area. It would have to be something awfully significant to justify doing that.”
Superintendent Graham says the onus in on the owners of bars and night clubs along with their security staff to confiscate and report any weapons found to the police.
With bars and clubs now allowed to stay open until 4 am on some days, Mr Graham says this presents a new set of challenges to police officers, who are already struggling with limited resources and working long shifts.
He told Cayman 27, “The shifts have to be made to meet those challenges. So it presents a number of concerns to us, but that said the RCIPS is a very flexible organization and our staff are dedicated to providing the service that our community expects. So they are able to adapt to short notice.”
The decision to open later was made earlier this week.