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Traffic and Roads Policing Unit (TRPU)

The Traffic and Roads Policing Unit (TRPU) strives to improve road safety through road traffic enforcement, increased public awareness, and focused road engineering efforts to address the causes of traffic collisions and dangerous driving.  In all of these aspects it partners with governmental departments such as the DVDL, NRA, and Public Transportation Board, in addition to non-profit organizations and campaigns, such as Streetskill (https://www.caymanroads.com)and Share the Road (http://www.sharetheroad.ky). 

Road safety is a paramount concern for the public, as nearly everyone in the islands  is a road user.  In 2015, the number of road deaths across the islands climbed to twelve, causing understandable alarm in a community of only 60,000 people.  Traffic fatalities fell by half in 2016, however, due to a range of factors,  including increased traffic enforcement after the reactivation of a dedicated traffic unit, as well as community campaigns and public awareness efforts by both police and community groups (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbcYDgMjG3o; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTqZ1WGdiQY ).  Nonetheless, the increasing number of cars on the islands and overall traffic accidents indicate that the islands will require more resources and more officers dedicated to traffic enforcement in the short to mid-term.

The TRPU consists of an inspector who heads the unit, two sergeants, ten constables and a secretary.  All other uniform officers throughout the RCIPS can and do enforce traffic laws in the course of their other duties, but officers with the TRPU are dedicated to policing the roads. These officers use both marked police cars and police motorcycles when carrying out strategic road operations.  Such operations are usually aimed at curbing a particular kind of problematic behavior by motorists, such as speeding, drunk driving, the use of illegal tint, or using a mobile phone while driving.  In addition to general enforcement duties, TRPU officers also handle fatal and serious traffic collision investigations and manage traffic flows and road closures for major public events.

The TRPU currently confronts two main challenges to road safety in the Cayman Islands: drunk driving and the reckless riding of illegal motorbikes on the road.  Officers continue to undertake enforcement efforts and awareness initiatives with the public and other agencies to address these menaces to public safety, and determine the causes and possibly the solution to them together.  In this way the Unit deals with more than merely issuing traffic violations or planning road checks – it is also charged with evaluating traffic concerns from a strategic policing perspective in order to identify larger public safety threats or even criminal activity, and perform its role in putting a stop to these while increasing general road safety. It not only manages traffic, but also polices the road, hence the unit title, traffic and roads policing.

Traffic and Roads Policing Unit (TRPU)

Ian Yearwood

Police Inspector

Police Inspector Ian Yearwood is responsible for the TRPU. He operates from the TRPU Office located on Lindhurst Avenue.

Press Releases

Four Persons Arrested for DUI at Over Twice the Legal Limit, 11 – 15 January

Police have made a total of six arrests for DUI since Friday, with four persons having a blood alcohol content of over twice the legal limit.

15th January, 2019

Motorists Advised to Exercise Caution During Iglesia Ni Cristo Family Fun Run, Sunday, 13 January

On Sunday, 13 January, Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of God) will be hosting a family fun run, from 9:00AM to 11:00AM, beginning and ending at Smith Cove and traveling on South Church Street, Memorial Avenue, Walkers Road, Denham Thompson Way. Motorists traveling in these areas on Sunday morning are advised to exercise caution.

10th January, 2019
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Meetings and events

The Kirkland Nixon Memorial Fire Truck Pull

The Kirkland Nixon Memorial Fire Truck Pull is an event in honour of the late Mr. Kirkland Nixon a former Fire Officer with the Cayman Islands Fire Service. This event is a fund raiser in aid of the Special Olympics Cayman Islands Team, who will be r

26th May, 2018
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