More than 61 per cent of the 555 respondents to last week’s caycompass.com online poll gave the Royal Cayman Islands Police Services either a poor or failing grade.
The largest segment of respondents – 177 people or 31.9 per cent – gave the RCIPS a failing grade.
“When the only thing you ever hear is witnesses are needed to come forth in order to solve crimes, then something is clearly lacking in the police service,” said one person.
“We have no confidence whatsoever in the RCIPS and are just thankful nothing in our personal lives has caused the need for them,” said someone else. “We are saddened by those who have been affected and hope that conditions do improve.”
“Kind gestures from the police have declined,” said another person. “We are not all criminals, yet we are treated the same.”
Another 166 people – 29.9 per cent – gave the police a poor grade.
“What strikes me most about the RCIPS is the almost unbelievable incompetency of many of the officers, including some that have risen in the ranks,” said one person.
“I know people like to embrace conspiracy theories when it comes to why the police can’t solve more crimes on such a small island, but I believe it can be chalked up to the most obvious answer: many of our police officers are utterly incompetent.”
“Slipshod with gathering evidence, elementary mistakes made, some officers need PR training,” said another respondent.
“I long for the days of Stuart Kernohan,” said someone else.
Almost a quarter of the respondents – 135 people or 24.3 per cent – gave the RCIPS a ‘fair’ grade.
“Everyone deserves a fair chance, but they could do a lot better,” said one person.
“The RCIPS is reactive to crime, not nearly proactive enough,” said someone else.
“So many times we have heard it said, ‘we cannot do it alone, we need the community to help’, and they are right,” said another person.
Fifty-three people – 9.6 per cent – gave the RCIPS a ‘good’ grade.
“Show me a country that has less crime than Cayman,” said one person.
“Overall rating around good to fair, as certain departments do try hard to raise the bar,” said another respondent.
“They focus on the wrong things,” said someone else. “Let’s raise some revenue via more traffic violation fines – there’s enough here to raise a roof.”
Only 15 people – 2.7 per cent – gave the RCIPS an ‘excellent’ grade.
“They are doing the best they can,” said one person. “If only the public will support them, they could be better than the best.”