Our objective: The purpose of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is to uphold the law fairly and firmly; to prevent and detect crime; to pursue and bring to justice those who break the law; to keep the peace and to protect, help and reassure the community with integrity, sound judgment and common sense.
Our mission: We shall achieve this by focusing on performance, working with our partners, recognising diversity and human rights and by being compassionate, courteous and patient in our work. We must be professional, calm and restrained when faced with violence, applying only such reasonable force as is necessary to accomplish our lawful duty. We will act with integrity, flexibility and commitment. We will strive to reduce the fears of the public and respond to well-founded criticism with a willingness to learn and change.
About the RCIPS
The service is made up of approximately 343 police and auxiliary officers, supported by 64 police support staff and a team of Special Constables. The RCIPS deals with more than 22,000 calls for assistance every year, as well as proactively patrolling the streets 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
The management team is based at Headquarters in Elizabethan Square. Headed by the Commissioner of Police David Baines and supported by two Deputy Commissioners, the team is further strengthened by 4 Superintendents, Public Relations Officer, Business Manager and Human Resources Manager.
The RCIPS is divided into five Basic Command Units (BCUs) consisting of seven police stations located throughout the Islands. Each BCU is headed by a Chief Inspector who deploys officers as necessary. Officers working on shifts with each managed by an Inspector or a Sergeant who oversees the activities of the shift until it is handed over.
The RCIPS works closely with other agencies both locally and internationally and uses an information management system to log crimes and intelligence in conjunction with various other overseas jurisdictions.
The Marine Unit was established in 1981 for the purposes of border patrol, drug interdiction and search and rescue. The unit now consists of 19 officers, six large vessels, five wave runners and an aluminum boat.
The helicopter unit operates an EC135 police helicopter which is equipped with stabilised thermal and daylight camera, night-sun searchlight and a PA system. The helicopter is used for police and emergency response, border security and search and rescue.
The Scientific Support Branch is tasked with crime scene investigation and is equipped with a computerized fingerprint (AFIS) and palm identification system.
The Financial Crime Unit has a number of tasks including:
- To be the center of excellence as the arm of the RCIPS with responsibility for investigating financial crimes within the Cayman Islands.
- Identify the proceeds from crime and drugs trafficking with a view of obtaining restraint and confiscation orders to relieve the criminals of their ill-gotten gains.
- Assist our colleagues and partners such as the Finance Action Task Force, Caribbean Financial Action Task Force, Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development, International Monetary Fund etc., in the fight with respect to Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT).
George Town Police Station is the main policing thrust, but the organisation has sub-stations in West Bay, Bodden Town, North Side, East End, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, as well as separate facilities for the Traffic Department, and Family Support Unit (FSU).
In an emergency always dial 911.
An emergency is if; a crime is being committed; there is a risk of injury or a risk of serious damage to property.
Your local police station – non-emergencies
Report a non-emergency crime or give information to the police by calling your local police station or the switchboard.
George Town 949-4222
West Bay 947-3999
Bodden Town 947-2220
East End 947-7411
North Side 947-9411
Cayman Brac 948-0331
Little Cayman 948-0100
For general enquiries you can visit the website www.rcips.ky or contact the switchboard on 949-4222 or email yk.vo1534805553g@ofn1534805553ispic1534805553r1534805553 This email is only monitored during office hours – for a quicker response please call the switchboard. Please do not use this email for reporting crime or any other urgent police matter.
Neighbourhood Policing 244-2934
Crime Desk Criminal Records Office 244-2914
Professional Standards Unit 244-3019
CID – George Town 244-2094
CID – West Bay 945-3640
Drugs Task Force 949-7710
Family Support 949-9185
Unit Financial Crimes Unit 949-8797
Human Resources Department 244-2922
Marine Unit 949-7710
Media Officer 244-3004
Police Headquarters 244-2900 or 244-2911
Traffic Department 946-6254 or 244-3036 or 244-3037
Training Department 946-2012