Why is there not an RCIPS officer assigned to Public Beach during busy periods and the weekend? (I saw) people openly smoking weed in the cabanas, leaving their young children unattended in the sea. A young life was almost lost due to the complete negligence of the parents who should be locked up.
Auntie’s answer: Clearly, the situation you describe sounds awful; not only was there illegal activity on the beach, but also a tragedy almost occurred. I do not believe anyone would disagree that what you saw was unacceptable.
I asked the RCIPS about your concerns. As I have mentioned in previous columns, the police can’t be everywhere at once. An RCIPS spokesperson explained that there are many areas of priority in the West Bay district that police need to patrol and the police do not have the resources to post officers at the beach around the clock.
Officers do patrol Public Beach as part of the RCIPS policing plan for West Bay, but I think it is understandable that they cannot be there 24/7.
I want to add it seems from your question that while you saw people doing illegal things and a dangerous situation unfolding with the child alone in the water, you did not do anything more than observe. Perhaps I am wrong but, either way, I strongly suggest that the next time you are at the beach and you notice something illegal occurring, if the police are not around, pick up your phone and call 911. An alert and proactive community can be invaluable.