Police say they’re rolling out a new initiative to lower crime and boost community relationships.
The RCIPS bike patrol is back in action
And Cayman 27’s Philipp Richter has the report.
All over Cayman, you may notice police officers like these in the saddle, RCIPS spokesperson Jacqueline Carpenter says the idea is for officers to better connect with the community in order to help fight crime.
“We’ve been in consultation with the community and out of that has become a revitalization of the community policing strategy,” said Jacqueline Carpenter, RCIPS Spokesperson.
Last year the RCIPS conducted a community survey and found that the public wants to feel closer to police.
“People want to have more opportunities to communicate directly to police and we feel the bike patrols is one element of how we can make that happen because police officers are more accessible on a bike,” said RCIPS Spokesperson, Jacqueline Carpenter
Rough weather may stop some cyclists, but not bike patrol officers, who want to be present in the community, rain or shine.
“It just shows that we are out in the community more and wanting to be more accessible and also to see things that are not so easy to see when we’re behind the windshield of a car,” said RCIPS Spokesperson, Jacqueline Carpenter.
Car patrols will still play a role in community policing, but with the bikers, it gives those off the beaten path an opportunity to meet face-to-face.
“We talked to an elderly woman who said she hadn’t talked to an officer for years and years and years and she lives in one of these places, so it actually has enabled us to get into areas that are not easily accessable by vehicle,” said RCIPS Spokesperson, Jacqueline Carpenter.
They hope their efforts will continue to change gears in the way they put the brakes on crime.
The RCIPS says they will be conducting more surveys in the next 6 months to make police officers more accessable to Cayman’s communities.