Community meetings with members of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service are under way again and the news sounds good.
Nine members of RCIPS showed up at the West Bay meeting Monday night and unlike past meetings, grumbling from community members was kept to a minimum.
One of the reasons for the warm welcome is that members of the police force have lived up to many of the promises they made to the same community at a similar meeting back in November.
Police then promised to get a handle on the drug problems that were plaguing West Bay.
They’ve identified drug hot spots and are working with landowners to get lots cleaned up to stop the drug use.
They’ve been making arrests; most recently in the past couple of weeks.
The positive interaction between the community and the police at the West Bay meeting is refreshing, or as Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan said, it warmed the cockles of his heart.
Indeed, if the enthusiasm felt at the West Bay meeting could be bottled and spread around the Cayman Islands the police would be well on their way to ridding this country of crime.
We have lamented in the past that community police meetings were held to pay so much lip service.
Too often promises were made at those meetings that weren’t followed up with action. Meetings of the past, it seemed, were held so that it appeared police were focused on the individual communities when in fact, it seemed, those communities became an after thought once the meetings were over.
Mr. Kernohan promised changes when he took over the post as chief enforcer seven months ago. So far he’s lived up to his assertion.
More community meetings are planned.
Members of those communities are urged to attend the meetings and tell police what they think of the job they’re doing.
But more than that, it’s an opportunity to keep police aware of the concerns and issues in each neighbourhood.
Solving crime is a two-way street.
The police can’t properly do their job without the help of all of us.
We live in our individual communities and see what goes on daily.
We must all do our part to help the police do their job and keep us all safe and take crime off our streets and out of our communities.