Shore up security law

It is by and large a good thing that the Cayman Islands is finally getting anti-smoking legislation that mirrors that of the United Kingdom and other countries that are taking the health hazards and risks of tobacco seriously.

However, a word of warning to the government that this legislation will not be easy to enforce on a population that has been used to the free use of tobacco for generations now.

This will be more true for liquor licensed establishments that play music for dancing purposes because smoking has become such a part of some people’s ‘good night out’ and they will not take kindly to having to give up part of that enjoyment.

The law has been pretty much successfully implemented in the UK and this has much to do with the improvement of the private security industry with the creation of the Security Industry Authority by which all private security officers in the UK must be registered and licensed after having to go through a set curriculum of training for the sector in which they intend to work.

The implementation of the new private security law here in the Cayman Islands is a huge step in the right direction but must come with the requirements for training in a national standard curriculum similar to that set by the SIA in Britain. I do believe that the authorities are working to create such a curriculum for training at this time.

Why this is important is because the type of national policy laws such as the smoking ban law will have to be largely enforced by private security officers and the role of the private security officer in the Cayman Islands will become much more crucial and important as their responsibilities increase.

I am of good faith that the new security law will be implemented with a proper and required national training curriculum as this will be the foundation for an improved level of professionalism and service.

I also hope that the government will be wise in creating and implementing anti-smoking legislation that will have the population more co-operative with it rather than resistant to it.

Ricardo Tatum

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