Today’s Editorial for April 27: The problem with plumbing

Absolutely nothing is wrong with being a plumber.

You make a good living, and perform a necessary service. For those of us who aren’t plumbers, that’s about all we ever see of the job.

What we don’t see is that plumbing can be a really nasty business, and the only time anyone notices it is when something goes wrong. If a plumber has done everything right, they’ve just done what they were supposed to do.

In other words, no one ever really bothers to say: ‘thanks, Mr. Plumber, job well done.’

It’s kind of the same problem that police officers have, except generally, they don’t earn as much money as plumbers.

And when plumbers make mistakes the story doesn’t usually rate the front page of the newspaper.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has done a lot wrong in the last two years. We don’t believe anyone, even the police themselves, would argue that with us.

But they also have done a lot right.

Our story about the recent standoff in West Bay will hopefully showcase a situation where two negotiators and a team of tactical officers handled a very tough situation that might have ended in the injury, or even death of the victims, suspect or officers involved.

But it didn’t. The negotiators, one of whom was called in from vacation — the other who was awakened at midnight — got two people away from danger and then tactical officers managed to take down the offender without anyone getting hurt.

All it took was seven hours in the middle of the night. Easy, right?

No, it surely was not.

One of the negotiators involved in last week’s incident, Marlon Bodden, said recently at a public meeting in George Town that residents don’t always understand how hard policing is, how emotionally and physically draining, the toll it takes on officers’ families.

“My wife once told me ‘I’m your wife, but you’re married to the RCIPS,'” Mr. Bodden told those gathered at the meeting.

We hope this editorial will serve as a reminder that, while the Caymanian Compass may be critical of the RCIPS from time to time as part of doing our jobs, we understand the need for, and the sacrifice of, the men and women who protect our homes and families.

And we also hope Mr. Bodden’s wife won’t be too mad at him for staying out late sometimes.

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