Almost two-thirds of the
respondents to last week’s caycompass.com online poll are hardly confident or
not confident at all that the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service can reduce
gun crime in the Cayman Islands.
The largest segment of the 452 respondents
– 202 people or 44.7 per cent – said they were not confident at all.
outside experienced help and training,” said one person.
“I think they’re
more worried about petty crimes rather than the big stuff because they have no
idea how to manage those particular types,” said another respondent.
Drug Task Force stops the drugs, the guns will come in with them,” said one
respondent. “Get Derek Haines back in RCIP action!”
“They don’t have any guns, so they’re not
going to be sorting out gun issues without them,” said another person.
The fact that
most RCIPS officers don’t carry guns was a common thread in the comments.
cops are scared and rightfully so,” said one person.
cannot reduce the gun crime unless they have the resources – i.e. guns!” said
difficult when the criminals have guns and the police don’t,” said someone
people – 20 per cent – said they were hardly confident the police could reduce
police from one jurisdiction,” said someone else. “They need to reduce the
number of police from this jurisdiction.”
respondents (23 per cent) said they were somewhat confident the RCIPS could reduce
“We need more
Caymanian police and this would make a difference because most Caymanians will
trust Caymanian police more than trusting police they don’t know,” said one
person. “I am speaking from what I learned within the short time I was in the
police force way back in the 80s.”
“As long as
they get better training and adhere to it, there is no reason why they can’t
reduce gun crime quickly,” said another respondent. “As small as Cayman is, it’s
ridiculous that it’s gotten this out of hand.”
“I think the
police have already turned the tide with all the recent arrests,” said someone
else. “Now let’s just hope the legal department can do its job.”
Only 40 people – 8.8 per cent –
said they were very confident the RCIPS could reduce gun crime.
“There’s no reason why they can’t
do it, unless there’s corruption,” said one person. “This Island is too small
for people not to know who the bad guys are.”
“With the public’s assistance this
is possible,” said someone else. “People have got to stop covering for the
criminals. They need to be punished!”
Next week’s poll question:
Who do you blame most for Cayman’s
children being so inactive?
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