Bodden Town Police Station
Thirty-six officers currently work in the Eastern Districts, and most are based out of the Bodden Town Police Station. This contingent is comprised of sergeants and constables from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the Community Policing Department (CPD), and Service Delivery. An Area Commander with the present rank of a Police Inspector oversees general policing throughout the three districts, which are collectively referred to as the “Eastern Districts” – encompassing the entire eastern section of the island, beginning just east of Spotts Newlands Road near the intersection of Chime Street and East West Arterial Road.
Eastern Districts officers provide twenty-four hour patrol coverage and manage all 9-1-1 calls for service throughout this wide geographical area, to include proactive patrols and policing operations to address issues raised by the community.
The Eastern Districts contain five community policing beat areas, each having a resident Community Officer. These Community Officers work closely with residents to identify emerging trends and address common concerns via their line managers and apply remedial measures to mitigate community impact. Serious crimes are managed and investigated by CID officers, while lower-level crimes are investigated by the patrol teams. All officers, no matter what their assignment, are responsible for proactive patrols to prevent crime, improve community safety and promote peace and tranquility.
The main priorities for policing the Eastern Districts include combatting the importation of illegal drugs into the districts by sea, tackling the recurring problem of residential burglaries, safeguarding the tourism product of the Cayman Islands by reducing petty and opportunistic crime in tourist areas, and ensuring the safety of road users by reducing the instances of speeding and reckless driving. Officers view members of the community as partners in achieving these goals, and encourage community participation in the form of neighbourhood watches and other community initiatives.
“I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to serve the communities of the Eastern Districts. As Area Commander, my goal is to ensure the professionalism of our service delivery and build safer communities. We can only achieve this if we the police and the public work together in partnership. Therefore I am eager to meet with the residents and community groups in the Eastern Districts and encourage them to reach out to me.” --- Acting Inspector Fernando Soto, Area Commander