(CMR) Inspector Andre Tahal is now head of the RCIPS Traffic and Roads Policing Unit (TRPU). He succeeds Inspector Dwayne Jones, who has moved to uniform operation duties within the Service.
“I am eager to take on the role as the Inspector in charge of the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit within the RCIPS,” said Insp. Tahal.
“The unit has a reputation of being extremely high paced and productive, both in proactive policing as well as when responding to serious collisions across the Cayman Islands. In 2021, there was a noticeable increase in serious and fatal collisions. Reducing and eventually eliminating these tragic incidents will be the main focus of the TRPU Unit going forward,” he added.
Insp. Tahal has a wealth of experience in policing. He trained locally and has risen up the ranks to his current role over, just short of, 25 years’ service to the RCIPS and the Cayman Islands.
He has developed a wide range of expertise, managing operational roles such as Inspector of Firearms Response and K9, Marine Commander, Deputy Area Commander for the West Bay Police Station, Commander for Sister Islands, and Inspector within the Uniform Operations. He also has previous experience in the TRPU, where he worked as a Constable and Team Leader in the earlier years of his policing career.
Insp. Tahal shared how by combining safety operations to enforce the Traffic Law, such as the continuation of last year’s Operation Quaker, which targeted many dangerous driving behaviors, along with public education initiatives, such as media appearances and campaigns about road safety that, “we hope to see a reduction in serious collisions over time.”
“It is also my intention to continue to partner with other police units and agencies that share in our goal to make the roadways safer, in the hope that these collaborations will create a grander impact on the public. It is vital that, as a society, we change our mindset when we get behind the wheel. We must learn to apply patience, follow the road rules, and drive with consideration towards other road users,” he stated.
“I look forward to working closely with Insp. Tahal in his new role as the Head of the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit,” says Superintendent Brad Ebanks, in charge of Uniform and Specialist Operations.
“Road policing has always been a priority for the RCIPS, and we appreciate the value of having another dedicated leader who is committed to the task of reducing road fatalities and serious collisions as well as encouraging good driving behavior on our roadways,” Supt. Ebanks said.
The RCIPS Senior Command Team said it looks forward to seeing the progress of the TRPU and wishes Insp. Tahal well on his new journey as head of the unit.