More than 55 per cent of the 345
respondents to last week’s caycompass.com online poll think making Royal Cayman
Islands Police Service officers take polygraph tests is a great idea.
“If the officer has nothing to
hide, what’s the problem?” asked one of the 197 people who liked the idea of
officers being given what is often referred to as a lie detector test. “Most
likely some of the local cops have plenty to hide.”
“When I was 16 years old, I had to
take a polygraph just to get a job in a large grocery store,” said someone
else. “What’s all the fuss about?”
“It has been long overdue,” said
another respondent. “This should have started long years ago.”
“Do it for all before hiring and
then again if suspected of any wrongdoing and/or every few years,” said one
person. “You fear nothing when you have nothing to hide.”
Another large segment of
respondents – 133 people or 37.6 per cent – thought polygraph tests shouldn’t
be used unless there was good reason to suspect an officer of illegality.
“Why should you have RCIPS officers
take a polygraph test unless there’s something going on with the officers?”
said one person.
“If you don’t trust your police officers, then
who can the people trust?”
“They should take place with
discretion and as the final phase of investigation only,” said someone else.
“The commissioner and his deputies
should be the first ones to be polygraphed,” said another respondent.
“What makes them any different from
the rest of the force? They are men and they will do the same as the others.
Besides, they should be leading by example.”
Thirteen people – 3.7 per cent –
thought polygraphs shouldn’t be used under any circumstances.
“These tests are not reliable and
should not be considered, especially since they are not even admissible in
court,” said one person.
“Polygraph tests aren’t foolproof,”
said someone else.
“This is a test that doesn’t work,”
said another respondent. “How can I use the results?”
Five people – 1.4 per cent –
thought polygraph tests should only be given to new RCIPS applicants and not to
existing officers, while six people – 1.7 per cent – responded “I don’t know”