Caymanians may be deputised

Caymanians with their own boats could be deputised in the fight to help safeguard the country’s borders.

New Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan told a public meeting in West Bay on Wednesday night he thought the idea – raised by the audience – was an excellent one.

The suggestion from the floor of the well attended meeting was that a system could be introduced in which Caymanians with their own boats could be deputised, given equipment and used as volunteers to help form a protective ring around Cayman.

Mr. Kernohan acknowledged the suggestion as an excellent one and one which had worked well in other places.

There were people here with boats and planes who might be considered to play some part in a border patrol, he said.

On the subject of border protection, Mr. Kernohan told the meeting that a scoping study had been done by an expert who would be returning soon to discuss how Cayman could possibly adopt a more comprehensive, coast guard type function.

That type of capability however did not come cheap, he said, but recommendations would be looked at, including the use of any agency possible to get the best coverage of all the country’s borders.

The border protection issue was an important one which would probably be measured in years, said Mr. Kernohan.

It would take some time to get an integrated position together, he said.

Chief Inspector Shaun Ebanks of the Drugs Task Force said the fight had to be taken to the people who brought the drugs into the country.

By the time drugs and firearms got into the community it was almost too late.

Cayman had a significant amount of coast line, and it was a large area to police, but there had to be greater border patrol and protection to prevent things getting in here in the first place, he said.

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