Editorial for August 19: Talk it over with commissioner

The first round of public meetings
with Police Commissioner David Baines and Community Affairs Minister Mike Adam
began in earnest last week in George Town.

The turnout of 40 or so people was
commendable, but we believe it could have been better.

Day after day we hear people call
in to the radio talk shows and whinge about crime in the Cayman Islands and
unfairly castigating members of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

When the police commissioner offers
an opportunity to talk with the public one-on-one about issues facing their
communities and districts, people should make an effort to show up and get in
the discourse.

Those who attended Monday’s meeting
learned that the amount of gunplay we witnessed on Grand Cayman earlier in the
year has died down because the handful of shooters involved have either been
arrested, left the Island or had been killed.

It is a relief that the tit-for-tat
killings have been stemmed on the main island.

Mr. Baines also listened patiently
to people who complained about some officers not pulling their weight and doing
a shoddy job. He correctly said there are a few on the force that he considers
dead wood.

We would say that any large
organisation has its share of dead wood that has to be cut out from time to
time. It’s just part of doing business and we’re confident Mr. Baines will adequately
address the issue. It’s obvious he is aware of the issue.

He also promised a return to
community officers in the separate districts once the manpower issue has been
taken care of in the police department. That’s welcomed news.

We know there are things that just
about everyone in the country would like to talk to the police commissioner
about.

Your next chance will be Monday at
7pm at the John A. Cumber Primary School Hall.

There will be a meeting in Bodden
Town at the school hall on 24 August; a 26 August meeting in North Side at the
Craddock Ebanks Civic Centre; and on 30 and 31 August on Little Cayman and Cayman
Brac.

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