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Age - When can I?

5 Years old

  • Must attend school or home education

8 years old

  • You can be held criminally responsible if you have the capacity to know what you are doing is wrong
  • You can be sent to a detention centre for young juveniles and young offenders

16 years old

  • Can get married with parents consent
  • Can have sexual intercourse
  • Can work full time if you have graduated from school
  • Can get a learners license to ride a moped
  • Can buy tobacco/cigarettes

17 years old

  • Can obtain a full licence to drive vehicles
  • Can be sent to an adult prison

18 years old

  • Can buy alcohol
  • Can drink in a bar or pub
  • Can get married without parents consent
  • Can sit on a jury
  • Can vote
  • Can leave home without parents consent

21 years old

  • Can hold a license to sell alcohol
Is there a legal age for a babysitter?
No, there is no legal age for babysitting. It is the responsibility of the parents to use common sense to make a decision. It is worth bearing in mind that a 16-year-old cannot be prosecuted for neglect or ill treatment of a child in their care. The parents, carers, guardians would be charged in that situation. However, anyone 16 or over who has responsibility for a person under that age can be prosecuted.
I know of a bar that is selling alcohol to underage people. What should I do?
Report it to the police or the Liquor Licensing Board so they can take follow up the report.
How much alcohol do I need to drink to be over the limit?

The only safe amount of alcohol to have in your blood and drive is ZERO, NONE!

Alcohol impairs your judgment and affects your reflexes. The best course of action if you have had a drink is to call a taxi.

I know of a bar that is selling alcohol to underage people. What should I do?
Report it to the police and/or the Liquor Licensing Board.
I think my child/friend is drinking too much, what can I do?
There are many agencies that can give you advice click here for more information. The Family Support Unit is staffed with experienced officers who can give advice and guidance discreetly. They can be reached on 946-9185.

Helpful Telephone Numbers

  • RCIPS Family Support Unit 946-9185
  • Department of Children and Family Service, George Town 946-0024
  • Department of Children and Family Service, Bodden Town 947-7144
  • Department of Children and Family Service, West Bay 946-0024
  • Crisis Centre 943-2420
  • Women’s Resource Centre 949-0006
  • Alcoholics Anonymous 926-9044
  • Cayman Counselling 949-8789

Cayman Brac

  • Department of Children and Family Services - 948-2331
  • Kirkconnell Community Center - 948-2291
  • Brac Haven Counseling Centre - 948-2354
  • Cayman Brac Police Station - 948-0331
  • Probation Aftercare- 948-1521
  • Mental Health - 948-2243
  • Court Maintenance - 244-3826
  • Young Parents Program - 949-4360
My child is being bullied by another child at school, what should I do?
You should speak to your child’s class teacher to start with and tell them what is happening. It is important to remain calm but firm, getting angry at school can often make things worse for you and your child.
I think my child is a bully, what can I do?
As unpleasant a thought as it is that your child could be a bully, you must deal with it. You need to speak to your child about it and also with the school. It is important to remain calm throughout this process. Getting angry and shouting will only make things worse.
My child has told me they are being bullied by a teacher at school. What should I do?
You should speak to the principle or head of year. It is important that these kind of incidents are dealt with carefully and tactfully. It is also important to remain calm.
I am being bullied at school and I am afraid to tell anyone, what should I do?

The most important thing to do is tell someone. If you do not feel comfortable telling your parents/guardians or a teacher perhaps an uncle, auntie or family friend could help. They will be able to talk it over with you and perhaps help tell your parents. Once it is out in the open and someone knows about it, things can start to improve.

It is very important that eventually you or your parents tell the school what is happening. The school has a duty to make sure no harm comes to you whilst you are in their care. You can discuss with the teachers what you want to do next and what is best to make the problem better for you. There are many people that can and want to help you and you can talk to specially trained counsellors about the problems you are having. They will offer you advice on what to do, who to tell and how to tell them.

What is a burglary? How is it different from theft and robbery?
  • Theft, burglary and robbery are not the same offences.
  • Theft is taking someone else’s property dishonestly with no intention of returning it.
  • Robbery is theft involving violence or the threat of violence.
  • Burglary involves unauthorized entry to a building.
My home has been burgled. What should I do?
If you think an offender could still be in your home, do not enter. Call the police from a cell phone or a neighbour’s house. In all instances keep calm and try not to touch or move anything as you could inadvertently destroy vital evidence. Contact the police immediately. Later, you can make a list of any stolen property. It is important that you include any serial numbers or identifying features which might assist both officers and yourself in identifying your goods. If your bank or credit cards have been stolen, you should inform the issuers as soon as possible. In the future you should review the security of your entire home, not just the place through which the burglar gained access.
What kinds of people commit burglary?
Generally speaking burglary is often committed by young men. Many burglars are persistent offenders who are responsible for many offences. Burglars can often act upon opportunity so securing your home well can help prevent a break-in.
Why should I improve home security? Wont the burglars get in anyway?
Possibly not. Many burglars act upon opportunity so taking small and inexpensive steps can help deter many of them. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain from improving home security. Some simple measures, like closing windows and doors cost nothing, so make them part of your routine.
Complaints against police
Please visit our dedicated pages on the Professional Standards Unit which gives details about making complaints against police by clicking here.
Is CS spray/pepper spray legal?
No. These goods are prohibited under the Penal Code. Under this law it is an offence to import, manufacture, sell or be in possession of any weapon designed to discharge a noxious gas or liquid, punishable by a fine of ten thousand dollars and/or imprisonment for ten years.
I have been sprayed with CS or pepper spray. Does it have any long-term effects?
The immediate effects of CS Spray are discomfort to the eyes, burning sensation, coughing and tightness in the chest. These symptoms should disappear within fifteen minutes. To aid recovery the best thing to do is stand in fresh air. If symptoms persist you should consult your doctor.
Domestic Violence?

Please click here for more detailed information tackling domestic violence and the sources of help and support available.

No-one - Not even your spouse or someone you live with has the right to hit you or threaten you with violence - No-one!!

If you think you may be involved in a violent relationship, help is available. Are you abused? Answer these questions:

Does your spouse or partner...

  • Threaten to hurt you or your children?
  • Refuse to let you have contact with your family or friends?
  • Throw things or destroy your personal belongings?
  • Accuse you of having affairs?
  • Tell you that you are stupid, fat, ugly or call you names?
  • Blame you and tell you that you are the cause of all the problems?
  • Say you never do anything right?
  • Abandon you, leave you places or lock you out?
  • Take or hide your keys, important papers or your mail?
  • Forbid you to work or to give you money for things you need for you or your child?
  • Force you into unwanted sexual practices?
  • Hit, kick, shove, grab or shake you or your children or generally react to problems in a violent manner?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship.

Increased Danger

Anyone who has experienced abuse needs to know that any of the following means their situation is becoming more dangerous.

  • Abuse happens more often
  • Abuse gets rougher
  • Abuser tries to choke you
  • Abuser uses illegal substances
  • Abuser threatens to kill self or others
  • Abuser is drunk often
  • Abuser hits when woman is pregnant
  • Abuser is jealous, suspicious or possessive
  • Abuser gets into fights with other people
  • Abuser hurts or kills pets
A friend is suffering from domestic violence, what should I do?
  • Encourage them to talk
  • Let them know it's not their fault - they don't deserve it
  • Let them know that you will always love them
  • Encourage them to call for advice
  • Encourage them to seek professional counselling
  • Listen, listen, listen, and encourage, encourage, encourage
  • Let them know that they can't change the spouse, no matter what they do
  • Let them know that they can't fix it
  • Let them know it's not their fault
  • Don't loan large sums of money...it just keeps the situation going, and builds resentment and hard feelings
  • Don't get impatient or frustrated...it sometimes takes months or years before an abused person leaves

 Helpful telephone numbers

  • RCIPS Family Support Unit 946-9185
  • Department of Children and Family Service, George Town 946-0024
  • Department of Children and Family Service, Bodden Town 947-7144
  • Department of Children and Family Service, West Bay 946-0024
  • Crisis Centre 943-2420
  • Women’s Resource Centre 949-0006
  • Alcoholics Anonymous 926-9044
  • Cayman Counselling 949-8789

Cayman Brac

  • Department of Children and Family Services - 948-2331
  • Kirkconnell Community Center - 948-2291
  • Brac Haven Counseling Centre - 948-2354
  • Cayman Brac Police Station - 948-0331
  • Probation Aftercare- 948-1521
  • Mental Health - 948-2243
  • Court Maintenance - 244-3826
  • Young Parents Program - 949-4360
How much alcohol do I need to drink to be over the limit?

The only safe amount of alcohol to have in your blood and drive is ZERO, NONE!

Alcohol impairs judgment and affects reflexes. The best course of action if you have had a drink is to call a taxi.

I know someone who drinks and drives, what should I do?
You can report that person to the police (anonymously if you wish) or Crime Stoppers. The information the police require before they can act is the registration number of the vehicle involved, the persons name and address if you have it and any details of regular journeys (i.e. person A leaves the bar around 11pm and drives the same route home). The police can then wait for the vehicle and stop and check the driver.
There are a lot of stray dogs that come in my yard, what should I do?
People who allow their dogs to stray are negligent owners and are breaking the law (Animals Law, 2003 Revision). Straying dogs also cause unwanted breeding and more dogs. If you know who owns the stray dogs or where the dogs are supposed to live, call the police or the Department of Agriculture’s Animal Welfare Officer on 947-3090 to report them. If a stray animal comes into your yard and you feel confident and capable of detaining the animal (i.e. friendly dog) contain the animal and notify the Department of Agriculture to come and collect the animal. Humane box traps can also be requested from the Department of Agriculture to capture roaming strays.
I have lost my dog, what should I do?
Lost dogs may have been impounded or found by someone. First, contact the Department of Agriculture on 947-3090 to ensure your dog is not impounded. Also call the Cayman Islands Humane Society on 949-1461. If your dog is still missing, make a report to the police and send a flyer with your animal’s information and photograph to the Department of Agriculture, Humane Society, H.M Customs and local veterinarians. Ensure that your dog is licensed and wearing a name tag to help with a speedy return. Additionally, having your dog microchipped is an added benefit in identifying your animal. A microchip is a small transmitter inserted under the skin in the animal’s neck and is a harmless and inexpensive form of positive identification.
I have found a dog, what should I do?
First, you must notify the police within 24 hours of finding a dog. If the dog has a tag, contact the Department of Agriculture to locate the owner. The Department of Agriculture and local veterinarians can check the animal for a microchip. If the owner can not be found, also contact the Humane Society informing them of the found dog. You then have two options: If you wish to keep the dog, you must wait 7 seven days for an owner to come forward. If the dog remains unclaimed, then he/she is yours! If you do not wish to keep the animal or find it a home, then turn the animal over to the Department of Agriculture’s Animal Rescue Shelter or the Cayman Islands Humane Society.
My neighbour’s dogs are continuously barking, what should I do?
Determine what may be causing the barking. Do the dogs bark at strangers, or bark out of boredom or hunger? Is the barking sporadic or continuous? If you feel the dogs are barking due to unsatisfactory environmental conditions, such as constantly tied or restrained, no shelter or food, then call the Department of Agriculture’s Animal Welfare Officer on 947-3090. If the dogs bark when their owners are out, then speak to your neighbours first and give them the benefit of the doubt to resolve the issue. If the issue is not resolved, then call the police as the noise can be considered an offence according to the Towns and Communities Law.
What should I do in the event of a dog attack?

A dog may attack when it’s guarding its property, running with a pack or feels threatened. Do not approach strange dogs and be aware when you enter private property. If a dog rushes you, stand still. Do not run, do not scream and don’t stare into its eyes. This will cause the dog’s prey drive instinct to pursue you. Back away slowly from the dog, but do not turn your back, maintain a visual until you are clear.

If you are bitten by a dog, have the injury examined by a doctor and ensure you are current with your tetanus vaccinations. Report the incident to the police.

How do I qualify for a firearm license?
Either by being an experienced Registered Farmer, or a member of the Cayman Islands Sport Shooting Association (formerly called C.I. Gun Club). (Registered Farmer means being registered as such with the Department of Agriculture).
What is the cost of a firearm license per year?
Firearms are licensed for a period of three (3) years at a cost of $300.00 upon renewal.
Do Gun Club members have to pay the $300.00 fee?

Gun Club members have to pay for shotguns used at the C.I.S.A. range, but rifles and handguns are exempted from the renewal fee(s) of $300.00. The opposite is true for rifles and handguns registered with the C.I.A.D. (With rifles and handguns one must pay, while shotguns are exempted from the renewal fee(s) of $300.00.)

C.I.S.S.A members are exempted from paying the licence fees for rifle, pistol, air-gun, air-rifle or air-pistol.

REGISTERED FARMERS are exempted from paying licence fee for shotgun and rifles only.

How do I apply for a firearms license?

To apply for a license you need to fill out an application form which can be obtained from the Security and Firearm Licencing Department. You need to attach two passport size photographs along with a Police Clearance Certificate. Click on the links below to access the relevant application forms.

Application Form A - For new applicants applying for a firearms license or for existing license holders applying for an additional firearm.

Application Form B - For those wishing to apply for a permit to import/export/transfer or dispose of a firearm or ammunition.

Application Form F - For those wishing to renew a firearm licence.

Does the K9 live with the handler?
Yes he/she does. When the K9 isn’t working, they are just like any other dog (with some exceptions). The K9 socialises with the handler’s family and is just another pet in the home.
How do we select the right dog for K9 work?
Normally the K9 is put through several tests. We test the desire to retrieve an article such as a ball or stick. We test for alertness by studying movements in open areas and reactions to various noises such as sirens and gunshots are assessed. Basically, we look for a dog that has confidence and likes to retrieve. If the dog passes all the tests he/she is taken to the vet for a complete physical.
How long can a K9 work before he retires?
The dog’s health and physical condition determines how long he/she can work. On average most K9s retire when they are between 8 and 9 years old, although others have worked longer. Medical problems such as hip problems or spinal deterioration usually lead to the K9 being retired.
What happens when the K9 retires?
On retirement the K9s are offered to their handlers with almost all the handlers retaining the dogs as family pets. The K9 spends his remaining days with the handler who now becomes responsible for the care of the retired animal.
Are K9’s given narcotics to make them search for drugs?
This is a common mis-belief. The K9 is trained to associate his favourite toy with the odour of the drug through a process of retrieving and play. Once the dog associates the odour with his toy he will scratch, bark or sit at the source of the odour. Once he does this, he is rewarded with his toy.
Are K9’s mean?
No, we could not use a mean dog for police work. Our K9’s are trained to associate a certain command with a certain job, we call that a ‘conditioned response.’ For example, if he is given a command, he responds to it without hesitation, or if his handler is attacked by another person, the K9 responds by taking action against the attacker. In normal everyday situations, the K9 is like any other dog.
Why do police departments import K9’s from Europe?
European countries have been breeding and training dogs for hundreds of years. They have developed a gene pool through strict regulation which creates a dog with the qualities needed for police work. From this gene pool they select a puppy and begin its basic training there is a more varied selection in Europe and it is sometimes more cost effective to purchase a European dog.
What laws do the RCIPS enforce?
There are many laws that apply to the Cayman Islands, all of which can be obtained by members of the public. For a list of frequently used laws held on the Cayman Islands Government website click here.
Do I have to wait 24 hours before I can report a missing person?

There is no rule that you have to wait 24 hours to report a person as missing. It depends on who is missing, their age, mental state and vulnerability.

If the person missing is a child, an elderly person or a person in a very depressed state then you need to alert the police immediately.

If the person is late home or late for an appointment, then it is sensible to try and contact the person or the last place they were, before contacting the police.

I have not seen my neighbour for a few days and I am worried about their safety, what can I do?
If you know of any of their friends of family then you can make some enquiries to see if they have seen him/her. If no-one has seen the person for a few days and no-one has a spare key to the house, the police can break in to check on the welfare of the person.
How do I find out if Neighbourhood Watch is operating in my area and if not how do I start one?
You can find out from the Neighbourhood Policing Team if a Neighbourhood Watch scheme is operating in your area. This department can also put you in touch with your local neighbourhood officer with whom you can discuss all aspects of Neighbourhood Watch and crime prevention. You can also contact Neighbourhood Policing on 244-2934.
Can I park on the sidewalk/pavement?
Parking on the sidewalk/pavement is not permitted, as the vehicle will be causing an obstruction. Parking on sidewalks/pavements will result in a ticket being issued.
Can I park on yellow lines?
No, you cannot park on yellow lines and this will result in a ticket being issued.
Someone keeps parking in a disabled space who is not disabled, what should I do?
If the vehicle concerned does not display the appropriate documentation, you should contact your local police station with details of the vehicle. Parking in a disabled space is an offence and will result in the owner being issued with a ticket.
I have been in a road collision, nobody was injured and we both stopped, do I need to report it to police?
Traffic law states all traffic accidents must be reported to the police within 24 hours of the accident, in relation to minor accidents were details are exchanged and all is in order with no injuries and only minor damage these can be reported at the police station later on. All other accidents, including failing to stop (hit and run), police will attend and these need to be reported.
I have been in a road traffic collision, nobody was injured but the other party did not stop, do I need to report it to police?
If there is damage to your vehicle as a result of the collision then you need to report it to police as soon as possible and within 24 hours. If you managed to make a note of the registration of the offending vehicle, police will make enquiries to trace and speak to the driver. This process may take some time. If you did not manage to get the registration plate then you should still report the collision and the police will do what they can to locate the offending vehicle.
Do the police prosecute every failing to stop case?
The police will aim to prosecute in most cases where there is sufficient evidence to secure a conviction, however each case is judged individually.
What is a “warning for intended prosecution”?
The purpose of the warning for intended prosecution is to inform the potential defendant that he/she may be prosecuted for the offence he/she has committed, whilst the incident is still fresh in his/her memory. When you receive a warning it does not automatically mean that you are going to face prosecution, it is a warning that you might.
Do all the lights on my car have to be working?
Indicators and brake lights must be working at all times. Headlights need to be working if the vehicle is driven at night. All lights should be maintained for good working order.
I have lost my number plate. What should I do?
If you lose your number plate you need to report it as lost or stolen and then attend the licensing department to purchase a new one. It is an offence to fail to display number plates on the front and rear of your vehicle with the exception of trailers and motorbikes which require rear plates only.
I have seen cars with small blue lights on the windscreen wipers, is this legal?
It is an offence to have lights fitted to a motor vehicle in the Cayman Islands except as prescribed by law i.e. headlights, sidelight and indicators. Any colour light attached to wheels, wipers, washer jets or under a car which are on and working while the vehicle is on the road commits an offence under the traffic regulations and is punishable by law.
I have a car with blue neon lights under the vehicle, is this legal?
It is an offence to have lights fitted to a motor vehicle in the Cayman Islands except as prescribed by law i.e. headlights, sidelight and indicators. Any colour light attached to wheels, wipers, washer jets or under a car which are on and working while the vehicle is on the road commits an offence under the traffic regulations and is punishable by law.
I have lights on my tyres, is this legal?

It is an offence to have lights fitted to a motor vehicle in the Cayman Islands except as prescribed by law i.e. headlights, sidelight and indicators. Any colour light attached to wheels, wiper, washer jets or under a car which are on and working while the vehicle is on the road commits an offence under the traffic regulations and is punishable by law.

  • Under the law you are entitled to use reasonable forces in self-defence or to protect another person or your property
  • The force that is reasonable to use in any situation will depend on the threat that you are facing. For example, the level of force that you can use to defend your life is greater than the force you can use to defend your property
  • What ‘reasonable force’ is will depend on the circumstances of each case, and is something that only the courts can decide. This does not mean that if you injure a criminal while defending yourself or your property you will necessarily face criminal charges. But if the criminal complains that you have used unreasonable force, the police must investigate.
  • In the heat of the moment, and in panic, it may be hard for you to assess the level of danger you face. However, if charges are brought against you, the courts will take into account of what was reasonable for you in those circumstances – they will make some allowances for ‘heat of the moment’ panic.
  • The courts believe that if you did only what you honestly and instinctively thought necessary to protect yourself, that would be strong evidence that you used only reasonable force. Generally, the courts use common sense and take into account what it is like to be faced with a possibly violent criminal.
  • The law does not allow you to retaliate. Punishing criminals is a matter for the courts and you must not take the law into your own hands by trying to punish an offender for a crime committed against you, your friends or your family.
I have been sexually assaulted but I am scared to report it. What should I do?

Police take all reports of sexual attacks seriously regardless of the perceived gravity of the offence.

You will first speak to a uniformed officer who will ask you some general questions (you can ask to speak to an officer of a particular sex if that would be more comfortable for you) and then you will be taken to a specialist suite where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers. The questions that these officers ask will be more in-depth.

Do not worry if you feel embarrassed or ashamed, the officers are specially trained to help you. If you consent you will undergo a medical examination by a medical professional. This can be a private practitioner if you choose. An officer will be allocated to your case and will keep you regularly updated on its progress. There are lots of agencies that can assist and help you deal with what has happened to you. The first step is to come forward. Call the Family Support Unit for advice or guidance 946-9185 or in an emergency 911.

My young child has been the victim of a sexual assault. What should I do?
There are many trained, professional people who can help you in this situation. In your first instance you should contact the Family Support Unit for advice and guidance. The unit can be contacted on 946-9185.
I believe my child may be engaging in under-age sex. What should I do?
Your actions here could vary depending on the nature of the sexual relationship. In order to obtain evidence of such offences, the co-operation of the child is likely to be required in terms of both talking about the relationship and obtaining evidence by means of medical examination. If the situation involves a child who appears to be exploited by an older person, all efforts to investigate these situations will be made in the hope that co-operation can be achieved and evidence gathered. Where the relationship is between two ‘consenting’ people of a similar age (although they may not be able to consent in law) police intervention could be more difficult as it is likely that the evidence needed would be difficult to gather. The situation is probably to be one of education and support for the individuals involved. If in doubt, contact the Family Support Unit on 946-9185.

 Helpful telephone numbers

  • RCIPS Family Support Unit - 946-9185
  • Department of Children and Family Service, George Town - 946-0024
  • Department of Children and Family Service, Bodden Town - 947-7144
  • Department of Children and Family Service, West Bay - 946-0024
  • Crisis Centre - 943-2420
  • Women’s Resource Centre - 949-0006
  • Alcoholics Anonymous - 926-9044
  • Cayman Counselling - 949-8789

Cayman Brac

  • Department of Children and Family Services - 948-2331
  • Kirkconnell Community Center - 948-2291
  • Brac Haven Counseling Centre - 948-2354
  • Cayman Brac Police Station - 948-0331
  • Probation Aftercare- 948-1521
  • Mental Health - 948-2243
  • Court Maintenance - 244-3826
  • Young Parents Program - 949-4360
Can I be banned from driving for speeding?
Yes you can. The duration of the ban will depend on the severity of the offence. You will also receive a fine and could go to jail.
What will happen if I am stopped for speeding?
If you get stopped by a police officer for speeding, depending on the speed at which you were travelling and the road which you were on, you will either be given a ticket or a summons for court. Either way, you will have to produce current insurance and coupon.
Where can I find crime and traffic statistics for the Cayman Islands?
The RCIPS gives out crime and traffic statistics to the media regularly throughout the year. There is a dedicated page on this website which holds this information - click here for statistical information.

Helpful telephone numbers

  • RCIPS Family Support Unit - 946-9185
  • Department of Children and Family Service, George Town - 946-0024
  • Department of Children and Family Service, Bodden Town - 947-7144
  • Department of Children and Family Service, West Bay - 946-0024
  • Crisis Centre - 943-2420
  • Women’s Resource Centre - 949-0006
  • Alcoholics Anonymous - 926-9044
  • Cayman Counselling - 949-8789

Cayman Brac

  • Department of Children and Family Services - 948-2331
  • Kirkconnell Community Center - 948-2291
  • Brac Haven Counseling Centre - 948-2354
  • Cayman Brac Police Station - 948-0331
  • Probation Aftercare- 948-1521
  • Mental Health - 948-2243
  • Court Maintenance - 244-3826
  • Young Parents Program - 949-4360
What should I do if I witness a crime?
Witnessing a crime can be extremely traumatic. If you are experiencing a crime or offence being committed, report it immediately or ask someone else to report it while you continue to watch what is happening. If your call is an emergency you should dial 911. An emergency is an incident which requires an immediate response.
What should I look for if I witness a crime?
If you are witness to an incident then you will need to describe as much of what took place as you can including those involved and their actions in as much detail as possible. Pay attention to people’s height, build, hair colour and any distinguishing markings as well as their clothes. Write down what you saw as soon as you can so you do not forget or get confused later on.
What do the police class as an emergency when I call 911?
Listed below are a few examples of emergencies when it would be necessary to call 911. This list is not exhaustive and common sense must prevail.

General circumstances of an incident reported to police when there is likely to be:

  • Danger to life
  • Use, or immediate threat of use, of violence
  • Serious injury to a person and/or serious damage to property

Criminal Conduct:

  • The crime is, or likely to be serious and in progress
  • An offender has been disturbed at the scene
  • An offender has been detained

Road Traffic Collision

  • Involved or is likely to involve, serious personal injury, the road is blocked or there is dangerous or excessive build up of traffic.

Last Updated: 2011-02-01