Today’s Editorial for August 31: Good guy wins

When we were little, our parents, teachers and even Hollywood films always told us that the good guys win in the end.

As we grew up, we learned that this wasn’t always the case. That sometimes the good guys lose, get hurt, don’t save the girl, and don’t win the game.

It’s a disappointing realisation when it hits us. So, we’re always glad in real life when a good guy does win a round.

The Caymanian Compass is happy to report that RCIPS Chief Superintendent John Jones can chalk one up in the win column.

Mr. Jones will be coming back to work today at the police service from which he was removed 17 months ago, under the auspices of an investigation that has so far ruined several lives and used precious assets in the Cayman Islands with little to show for it.

We would like to welcome the chief superintendent back to his position and hope that his considerable experience will be put to good use by Police Commissioner David Baines to stem a crime problem that seems to be worsening by the day.

Indeed, we have high expectations for this 30-year police veteran. Perhaps he has been one of the missing links in getting the local police force back on the right track.

There’s still a long way to go for the RCIPS, along with the rest of the civil service, as it deals with pending government budget cuts and other challenges that Cayman will face in the coming months.

Added to those troubles, the spectre of Operation Tempura and all its offshoots still hangs over the local police force like a cloud. And Commissioner Baines has admitted that it will likely take at least another year before clear skies are seen again.

But bringing back a good guy to the police force is a positive step toward surviving the storm.

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