(CMR) Concerns have been raised that changes within the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service could endanger the lives of Community Safety Officers (CSOs) who will soon be expected to work at night.
Currently, these officers work only during the day; however, the introduction of a roster system will see them expected to work a 2 pm to 10 pm shift.
This has raised concerns as these officers do not have the powers or training of a police constable. They cannot make arrests or issue tickets and would need to call for help like civilians in cases of emergencies.
CMR understands that some people have already resigned when they learned of the pending changes months ago, while others are concerned that their lives will be put at risk.
According to a job description posted by the RCIPS, a Community Safety Officer is a civilian postthrough, through consultation with community stakeholders, and work with communities in assigned areas to identify and address community concerns impathe ctinality of life issues, assisting the RCIPS to enhance relationships while building partnerships.
A Community Safety Officer is responsible for actively engaging with the community, gathering information, and providing support in policing issues in designated community areas. The post holder is assigned primary responsibility for one of the designated community Policing beats within the Cayman Islands.