Bush vows crime crackdown

Cabinet has asked for a special police task force to deal with the issue of rising crime in the Cayman Islands.

Speaking at a Cabinet press briefing Monday, Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush made note of the incident where Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsey-Hale’s house was shot at early Sunday morning.

Mr. Bush said the government was creating a national development plan for the Cayman Islands, but that none of the plans would be of any use unless crime was controlled.

In the past few months, there has been an upsurge of gun violence in particular in the Cayman Islands.

Mr. Bush said the new task force would roam the country to deal with guns and criminal activity.

‘Hard action must be taken now,’ Mr. Bush said, adding that he expects there will be some grumbling about the police as usual. He said parents will call elected representatives and say their child didn’t do this or their child didn’t do that.

‘That attitude needs to be checked,’ Mr. Bush said. ‘There needs to be a reality check. The fact is that somebody’s child is doing these crimes and somebody’s child is being shot down.’

Mr. Bush said he was not one to mollycoddle criminals.

‘Hard action will be taken,’ he said.