Officers assess community ‘pulse’

Residents in Cayman will soon have the opportunity to tell the police exactly what concerns them and what they would like to see done about it thanks to a new initiative launched by the RCIPS.

Last month, 13 officers from Neighbourhood Policing knocked on dozens of doors in the Washington Boulevard area of George Town to speak directly with residents about what issues they are facing and what action they would like to see taken by various agencies in the future.

Residents were very forthcoming and welcomed the opportunity to have their voices heard, said a press release.

Officers were able to speak with senior citizens, young parents and youths and a number of concerns were identified including speeding and drug activity. Residents were also keen to suggest possible solutions including launching a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, installing speed bumps, carrying out a community clean up and increasing the police presence in the area.

Commissioner of Police, Stuart Kernohan said: ‘What we are doing is known as an ‘area pulse’ and it’s designed to help find long-term, multi-agency solutions that will benefit the entire community. People rarely come forward with quality of life complaints so it’s essential we get out there and do our best to identify what issues people are living with.’

The results of the area pulse are now being analysed and a variety of solutions will be looked at by the RCIPS and other agencies, the release said.

Following the success of this first ‘pulse’, the programme will be rolled out across the islands to ensure that all neighbourhoods get the opportunity to have their say.

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