More than seventy-eight per cent of
the 394 respondents to last week’s caycompass.com online poll think either more
of Cayman’s police officers should carry guns or that all of them should.
The largest segment of respondents
– 171 people or 43.4 per cent – think that all of Cayman’s patrol officers
should carry guns.
“There are far too many guns in our
streets now for police not to be armed,” said one person. “Deter the crime with
a show of force, or let the crime force us out.”
“An officer without a gun is just
an observer,” said someone else. “Cayman needs to respond appropriately to the
increase in gun crimes.”
“We are on a slippery slope to an
armed society, but unarmed officers are at too much of a disadvantage,” said
The second largest segment of
respondents – 138 people or 35 per cent – thought more patrol officers should
have guns, but not all of them. Several
people commented that the officers would need proper training beforehand.
“Any officer issued a firearm,
should undergo strenuous psychological evaluation and thorough training before
being allowed to carry a gun,” said one person. “The gun is not the problem, it
is the person behind it with the finger on the trigger.”
“Some patrol officers should be
armed with guns but all officers should be equipped with and trained to use
Tasers, which can get control of a situation fast without causing serious
bodily harm or injury,” said another respondent
“I think more patrol officers
should be trained to use guns, but not necessarily that they should have them
out on patrol,” said someone else. “The armed response unit needs to be larger
to allow 24 hour coverage during the different shifts in all districts.”
“What else should police use
against criminals?” asked one person. “Harsh language?”
Sixty-five people – 16.5 per cent –
thought the number of officers with guns should be kept the way it is now.
“We should be x-raying containers
to prevent gun importation, not adding more to the streets, even if they are
held by police officers,” said one person.
“Our police just aren’t smart
enough to carry guns,” said someone else.
Fifteen respondents – 3.8 per cent
– thought the police should reduce the number of officers with guns and five
people – 1.3 per cent – answered “I don’t know” to the question.
Next week’s poll question:
Which of these talked about infrastructure projects do you think the
island needs most?
A new cargo dock in East End
A longer runway at the airport
A new landfill site
A deepwater channel in the North Sound
We don’t need any of them.