Today’s Editorial September 24: The ostrich media policy

The Caymanian Compass first reported a major story concerning a gun importation case in its online editions at www.caycompass.com on Friday last week and followed up with more details of that case in Monday’s paper.

Doubtless many of our readers were shocked at the facts divulged in the report, but they may find the local police service’s response to it equally as surprising.

That response: nothing at all.

All of the information for that article referenced above came from a foreign country, namely the United States. Local police officials repeatedly refused to discuss the matter.

Some members of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service may have decided to adopt the ‘ostrich’ media policy; burying their heads in the sand and hoping people wouldn’t notice.

We don’t know exactly what the RCIPS strategy is here and we certainly aren’t privy to every aspect of this investigation. But something has to be said to the Caymanian people about this case, which could indeed have wide-ranging consequences for the island of Grand Cayman.

We understand that reporters from other media sources have called the RCIPS and been stonewalled in their requests for information, just as we were for months before we determined a way around the local roadblock, as it were.

It is simply incomprehensible that at least some brief details cannot be told to the public regarding this case, even if all the local police can do is confirm what was reported in our newspaper article.

Almost every day, the police come out with press releases seeking public assistance with various criminal matters.

Perhaps the reason they aren’t getting that assistance, at least not as much as they’d like, is because they won’t bother to tell the public what’s going on in their own Island.

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