Effective last week, Inspector Dwayne Jones assumed the role of Head of the RCIPS Traffic and Roads Policing Unit, replacing Inspector Ian Yearwood. Inspector Yearwood has rotated out to other uniform management duties in the Service, after three productive years managing RCIPS’s traffic enforcement.
“Last year’s traffic enforcement numbers skyrocketed under Insp. Yearwood’s leadership, thanks to increased operational planning and resources,” said Insp. Jones, “and I am glad to say that the RCIPS will be increasing these resources even more going forward. It is clear from the numbers of accidents and DUIs continuing to occur across the islands that more enforcement is still needed. I am excited to lead the TRPU as it continues to grow and takes on these bigger goals and challenges.”
Insp. Jones has accumulated diverse experience in both uniform and detective policing since he joined the RCIPS in 2003. He has worked in various roles, including as a shift inspector in George Town, an area commander in Bodden Town, a sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Department investigating serious crimes, and as a sergeant in the Professional Standards Unit investigating potential breaches of conduct by fellow officers. During this time he also earned his law degree from Cayman Islands Law School, and is in the process of obtaining his Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Psychology with the University of Essex.
Insp. Jones described the priorities for the TRPU going forward, adding, “What is most important for us now is to make sure increased enforcement is delivered inside of a wider multiagency approach that includes education and road engineering objectives, while giving due attention to the outer districts and the Sister Islands as well as George Town. Doing all of this in collaboration with other departments and community groups is also extremely important.”