Little confidence in RCIPS reducing gun crime

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.

“They need
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.

“Until the
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.

“The unarmed
cops are scared and rightfully so,” said one person. 

“The RCIPS
cannot reduce the gun crime unless they have the resources – i.e. guns!” said
another person.

“It’s very
difficult when the criminals have guns and the police don’t,” said someone
else.

Another 92
people – 20 per cent – said they were hardly confident the police could reduce
gun crime.

“Too many
police from one jurisdiction,” said someone else. “They need to reduce the
number of police from this jurisdiction.”

Another 104
respondents (23 per cent) said they were somewhat confident the RCIPS could reduce
gun crime.

“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?

Schools

Parents

Government

Restaurants

Television

Other

To participate in this poll, visit
www.caycompass.com.

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  1. Gun crime is part of an increasingly lawless society -both in Cayman and elsewhere. We are living in the 21st century and there is absolutely no comparison between the Cayman of today and the Cayman of yesteryear where gun crimes were practically unheard of.

    Cayman has been developing rapidly over the years and with development comes various types of crimes. Gun crimes are no exception. Naturally, most of us look to law enforcement to intervene and take the appropriate action.

    Gun crimes in Cayman have actually escalated in recent times, rendering the situation intolerable if not almost desperate. It would appear that perpetrators of these crimes simply thumb their noses at the police and everyone else and get away with it.

    Residents have a perfect right not to feel totally safe either in their homes, businesses, on the streets or in a public place.

    The public’s assistance in reducing gun crimes is absolutely essential. There is a general feeling that some people are either covering for the criminal or are afraid to inform the police of known criminal activity. That has to stop. Crime is everyones’ business as it affects all of us – whether directly or indirectly.

    The RCIPS can do a commendable job in effectively reducing gun crimes if given the necessary training and resources. Bashing and public condemnation of the RCIPS not doing a good job serve no useful purpose by any means. It will only contribute to a demoralised and demotivated police force.

    It seems obvious that the illegal guns used by criminals must be entering the island somehow and somewhere. If legitimate ports of entry for both people and goods are effectively screened for illegal weapons, then RCIPS must focus on the coastal areas around the island. How else can illegal firearms enter this small island?

    As problematic as the situation is at this present time, it will only continue to escalate if urgent remedial measures are not implemented forthwith.

    GEOFF DANIELS

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