West Bay police officers have taken Child Month seriously, going out into the community and spreading their message.
Area Commander Chief Inspector Angelique Howell spoke to the congregation at John Grey Memorial Church about child abuse and how domestic violence can impact children. She discussed forms of domestic violence, types of child abuse, how people can help children in need and the services and resources that are available for people to use.
‘This was a very informative talk,’ said Pastor Yvette Noble-Bloomfield. ‘Child abuse is something we have traditionally been in denial about and it is essential that we think about these issues, address these issues and surround them with prayer. Since the talk, we have had members of the congregation come forward to request copies of the presentation which is really encouraging. We are hoping this has been an eye opener for people so they can see that there is a real concern for us here in the Cayman Islands.’
Sergeant Forth also gave a presentation to year 4-6 students at John A Cumber Primary School on respect. Around 250 students listened intently to the talk, which was designed to demonstrate respectful and non-respectful behaviour. With the assistance of two students who carried out role plays for the class, Sgt Forth encouraged the group to think about how they would react in certain situations.
Sergeant Forth also completed a self defence class at Cayman International School with the help of martial arts practitioner, Ian Richards. The presentation was targeted at Year 9 high school students and was designed to highlight the importance of avoiding physical conflict. The team stressed that the best defence is not to get into physical conflict situations and to use respect and dialogue for solving issues. Some tactics for preserving personal space and creating distance between you and your attacker so you can run for help were also given.
‘These issues are crucial to the well-being and development of our young people,’ said Ms Howell. ‘We need to highlight the issues that can have an impact on youngsters while at the same time help to equip them with the knowledge and skills to deal with situations that can occur.’