The Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC) has two primary functions. First the Public Safety Communications Centre (CIPSCC) processes emergency (9-1-1) and non-emergency telephone calls and dispatches the appropriate resource to requests for service. These resources include the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, Cayman Islands Health Services Authority’s EMS Department, Cayman Islands Fire Service and others. The Electronic Monitoring Centre (CIEMC) is responsible for the monitoring of selected offenders referred by Her Majesty’s Prison Service, RCIPS, and the Courts. In addition, CIEMC is responsible for the monitoring of cameras associated with the National CCTV Programme.
The Cayman Islands Public Safety Communications Centre is the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for law enforcement, fire, and Emergency Medical Services. Serving all three islands from a facility located in downtown George Town, the Centre’s telecommunicators answer all 9-1-1 emergency and non-emergency telephone calls, prioritise and dispatch Calls For Service (CFS) for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and Cayman Islands Health Services Authority EMS Department. Calls For Service requiring fire assistance are relayed to the Fire Service’s dispatch centre (“Fire Control”) which then dispatches the appropriate units.
Telecommunicators use guide cards to help ensure that appropriate questions are asked of, and important information obtained from, telephone callers requesting assistance. Guide cards also allow telecommunicators to give basic emergency instructions, helping the caller to assist both themselves and others.
The Alternative Sentencing Law provides for the electronic monitoring aspect of the House Arrest programme. CIEMC personnel tag “clients”, who have been specified by the Courts, with electronic ankle bracelets and then monitor their location and status based on the Court’s instructions. By using state-of-the-art equipment including GPS satellite technology and fibre optics, clients are given the opportunity to serve their sentences outside of the confines of a traditional prison. This option will save the Government money as well as it will free up space in the prisons for those clients who require incarceration in the traditional sense. Other uses of CIEMC include the monitoring and tracking of clients who are on an executive release license from Her Majesty’s Prisons, or are on bail by the Courts, RCIPS, or Immigration.
The implementation of National CCTV Programme cameras will allow for video surveillance in public places with a primary mission of gathering evidence and deterring criminal activity. Monitoring of video images is accomplished by trained CIEMC personnel using approximately 400 CCTV cameras.
Last Updated 2014-02-12